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William Hudson was born in 1889 in Wesham, Lancashire, the son of Joseph and Mary Hudson.

In 1895 William`s mother Mary died and in mid July 1901 his father Joseph remarried to Elizabeth Barton at St. Michaels Church, Kirkham.

By 1911 William was working as a piercer in a local cotton mill in Kirkham and was living with his father Joseph, stepmother Elizabeth and a brother Edward at 15 Dyer Street, Kirkham.

William enlisted in the Loyal North Lancs at some point in August/September 1914 and went into the 6th Battalion. Although no service papers appear to have survived it is mentioned in the following newspaper article that he had enlisted in the Army 12 months before he died.

William Hudson died on 18th August, 1915 and the following was printed in the Preston Guardian on 4th September, 1915.


“Mrs. Willacy, of Moor Street, Kirkham, has received word that her brother, Private William Hudson of the 6th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, has died of wounds at the Military Hospital, Malta. The intimation was received in a letter from Nurse A. Johnson at the hospital, and formerly a nurse at the Kirkham Union. The nurse in the course of her letter states: “Your brother was brought in here on the 16th of August and passed away peacefully on the 18th and suffered no pain. He was seriously wounded in the left shoulder”. The deceased soldier was 25 years of age, and prior to enlisting 12 months ago was employed as a cotton spinner at Kirkham”.

Private William Hudson was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War and Victory Medals. He is buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta.

Rank: Private
Service No: 12994
Date of Death: 18/08/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.

This research was completed by Janet Davis. Thank you

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One Response to 12994 PTE. W. HUDSON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Sylvia Holden says:

    Dear Janet,
    William Hudson was my Great Uncle and my Grandfathers’ brother whose name was John.
    Last year my husband and I visited Williams grave in Malta.
    It would be nice if you would get in touch with me.

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