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William Hudson
  Occupation   Labourer and riveter  
  Regiment   Royal Irish Rifles 8th & 12th Battalions  
  Service No. - Rank   14797 - Rifleman  
  Date of Death   15th April 1918 aged 27  
  Buried    No known grave  
  Remembered   Tyne Cot Memorial,West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 138 to 140. Holywood and District War Memorial; in Holywood Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 277).  
  CWGC Certificate   Click to Download  

William Hudson enlisted in Belfast and he joined the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.  In August 1917 the 8th and 9th Battalions were amalgamated and in February 1918 they were disbanded in France.  William was transferred to the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.  He was killed in action on 15 April 1918 during the German Spring Offensive and at the time of his death his mother, Mrs N. Hudson, was living at 69 Sandown Road, Belfast.  His wife Mary was living in Hibernia Cottage, Holywood.