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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
Summary      
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.
Further Information
Francis Hudson was born in Derryglure, Castledawson on 15th October 1883. GRONI lists his motherís maiden name as Elser, but this is almost certainly incorrect as there are no marriage records for Esler/Hudson.
The 1901 census lists Francis as age 17 a farm servant at house 51 in Derrygarve, Castledawson, Londonderry for the McAllen family.
There is no record of Francis Hudson in the 1911 census so it may be assumed he had moved to Scotland by that time.
Family: Francis Hudson, Susannah Hudson (born about 1889, died 31st January 1933, aged 44), Mary Hudson (born about 1911, died 21st March 1933, aged 22), James Hudson (born about 1914, died 24th April 19 1932, aged 18), Henry Hudson (died in infancy)
Francis signed the Ulster Covenant on 28th September 1912 in Bridgeton, Glasgow as Frank Hudson. His address was given as Derrygarve, Castledawson.
Francis Hudson enlisted in Glasgow.
Medal card
Private Francis Hudson was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 16th May 1915. He was 31 years old.
The family headstone records the following information: In loving Memory of
bullet My dear son James Hudson, died 24th April 19 1932, aged 18
bullet My husband, Private Francis Hudson, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in France 16th May 1915
bullet Wee Henry, died in infancy
bullet My father, James Dunlop, died 11th March 1919
bullet Also our dear mother Susannah Hudson, died 31st January 1933, aged 44
bullet My sister Mary, died 21st March 1933, aged 22.
bullet Jeannie H Richmond., died 15th August 1973, aged 53.
Private Hudson has no known grave and is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial in Richebourg, France.
The CWGC record Private Francis Hudson as the husband of Susanna Hudson, 37 Pentland Place, Bridgeton, Glasgow.
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Relevant Magherafelt Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Derrygarve, Castledawson Ballymaguigan Census listing in Derrygarve, Castledawson 54.757825 -6.536723
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 2014-2020