Manchester Regiment working party Ancre Jan 1917. Source IWM Q 1792 courtesy Ernest Brooks
WW1 affected the lives of millions of ordinary young men and their families. Suddenly wives became widows, children were fatherless and parents and siblings all suffered a great loss.
Arthur Hudson was born in either Otley or Ilkley West Yorkshire; his mother was born in Otley and his father in Leeds. Arthur was the son of greengrocer, Thomas Arthur Paget Hudson and his wife Annie.
In 1902 the Hudson family was living in Gisburn Rd. Barrowford. By 1911 Arthur, his 5 siblings and parents had moved to 63 Rook St, Nelson. The 1911 census indicated that there were 8 visitors (entertainers, comedians and singers) staying at the same address.
Arthur, like a large proportion of the town's population, had become a cotton weaver. He probably started work in the mill on the half-time system, where at the age of 12 he would attend a school for half a day and then work in the mill for the rest of the day.
In November 1915 he enlisted in the Manchester Regiment and after about 11 weeks training in Plymouth was sent to France. Sadly, in July1917, Private Hudson was wounded by shrapnel and had a fracture of his thigh. After several operations in France he was transferred to the London General Hospital, Camberwell where he died on 12th October 1917.
Arthur had married Amelia Lyons in 1915 and at the time of his death she was living at 17 Giles St., Nelson with their nine month old baby son.
Arthur was buried at St John's with full military honours, plot No. D310, and is also commemorated on the roll of honour
Email received from family member Susan Dempsey:
My connections are Bertrand Hornby and Arthur Clifford Hudson. They were brothers of my late paternal grandparents. Grandmother Nellie Hornby (nee Hudson) was Arthur's sister and her husband James Hornby was Bertrand's brother.
I believe my Great Grandfather James Simpson Hornby and his father were school and headmaster at St Johns school. Also one was the church organist. There was a memorial stained glass window for one of them in the old St John's church which was demolished.
I visited the town about 50 yrs ago but hope to visit this summer and see the graves. Best wishes and keep up the good work!
Fred Stringer 'They are not forgotten'.
1901 and 1911 Census Nelson Leader 26 October 1917
Commonwealth War Graves Commission