Hudson John George Pte 4455391
Name Hudson John George
Army number 4455391
Date of birth Born County Durham 1917/18.
Unit Durham Light Infantry, no enlistment date but probably April/May 1939. ? Posted 6th Bn DLI. Posted 10th Bn DLI - probably when the Battalion was established in September 1939. Served BEF. Presumed to have DIED between 28/5 and 23/6/40 with 10th Bn Durham Light Infantry.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action 28-May-40. CWGC information indicates that he may have been a passenger on the troopship "H M T Lancastria" and that his body was washed ashore after her sinking on 17th June 1940.
Home address Resident of County Durham. Enlistment Book indicates he died between 28/5/40 and 23/6/40. Son of Harry and Lydia Hudson, Spennymoor. Buried 2. B. 2. Pornic War Cemetery, France.
Source table 10DLI
The strong possibility that Sergeant Hudson was on the Lancastria raises questions as to where he was in France, why he was not with the remains of the Battalion and how he came to embark on that vessel at St Nazaire. To read the Wikipedia article on the sinking please click here.
The DLI Roll of Honour indicates the date of death as 23/6/1940 - which was possibly when his body was recovered. War Office casualty list only shows 1940. CWGC shows 28/5/1940. If he was on the ship the correct date would be 17/6/1940 or slightly later.