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18980   Private Francis Hudson
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 15/10/1883
Died: 16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 33
Francis Hudson was born in Derryglure, Castledawson on 15th October 1883. The 1901 census lists Francis as age 17, a farm servant in Derrygarve, Castledawson. Francis signed the Ulster Covenant in September 1912 in Bridgeton, Glasgow. Francis Hudson was the husband of Susanna Hudson. Private Francis Hudson was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 16th May 1915.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 16-17
CWGC Casualty 858214
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 1 Castledawson
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 52
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Francis Hudson 1901 census lists Francis as age 17 a servant at house 51 in Derrygarve, Castledawson, Londonderry
2 1912 Ulster Covenant Signed by Frank Hudson in Bridgeton, Glasgow
3 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private Francis Hudson
4 Forum discussion Details of Private Francis Hudson including family grave photos
5 Forum discussion (GWF) Details of Private Francis Hudson
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023