Hudson, James

Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Service number 3660867.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Private
Unit:
The Durham Light Infantry (Bradford).
Awarded on:
June 17th, 1943
Action:
Recommendation:
“On the night of 21st / 22nd March, during the 151 Brigade attack on the Mareth defences, Private Hudson was with “C” Company 6th D.L.I. On sighting an enemy machine gun post he immediately led a group of men forward with fixed bayonets and charged the position. His rifle bolt was damaged and the rifle could not be fired, but he still led on this party relying solely on the use of his bayonet. He succeeded in capturing the post, killing many of the enemy personally. This action of Private Hudson’s enabled the rest of his Company to move forward onto the position. Before leading the charge, his Company Commander had been seriously wounded beside him. He showed outstanding courage and complete disregard for his own safety.”
Details:
Initinally Hudson was recommended for an immediate Military Medal but this was in the chain upgraded to an DCM based on the strength of the recommmendation.
Distinguished Conduct Medal

Sources

  • - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36057 published on the 15 June 1943
    - Warwick & Warwick