|WW2 Memorial Profiles - West Mersea
Captain (Commodore 2nd Class)
Royal Naval Reserve, HMS EAGLET (Liverpool RNR HQ)
Born 17 September 1886
Died 15 June 1942 age 55
Huberht Taylor Hudson was born 1886 in Holloway, London, the second eldest of seven children born to Herbert and Caroline Emma Hudson. He left school at 14 and served an apprenticeship with Trinity House, before joining British India Steam Navigation Company. Huberht did Royal Naval Reserve Training and in 1914 joined Shackleton's ENDEAVOUR expedition to Antarctica. He had a particularly bad time on the perilous voyage to Elephant Island after the loss of the ENDEAVOUR.
During WW1, Huberht served on 'Q' ships, used as decoys against enemy submarines and commerce raiders. He was promoted to Lieutenant October 1915.
After WW1, he studied for his Board of Trade Master's Certificate and then sailed with British India.
In 1925 Huberht Hudson married Dr Jean Callander - they had met on a British India ship on which Huberht was serving. They came to live in Mersea in Highfield, St Peters Road, and Jean became a doctor on the island. They had a son Richard and a daughter Anne, but a second daughter Elizabeth died at the age of 21.
Captain Huberht Hudson, RNR
Huberht remained in the Royal Naval Reserve, being promoted Commander in 1927 and retiring in 1935. However in 1939 he returned to service and in December 1940 became a Convoy Commodore. The Commodore was the senior Merchant Navy Officer in a convoy.
Huberht was Commodore of three convoys to Russia, and then in June 1942 was Commodore of convoy HG84 from Gibraltar to the UK, sailing on the merchant vessel PELAYO. HG84 was commanded by the legendary Captain Johnny Walker CBE, but was poorly protected. On the night of 15 June 1942 U-boat U552 penetrated the convoy and torpedoed PELAYO, ETRIB and SLEMDAL. 3 hours later U552 sank THURSO and CITY OF OXFORD. 172 men were rescued from the 5 ships, but Commander Hudson was not among them.
MV PELAYO, a fruit ship built 1927 for MacAndrews service to Spain, Portugal and the Azores
Commander Huberht Hudson is commemorated on West Mersea War Memorial, on Liverpool Naval Memorial and in Firs Road Cemetery, West Mersea.
Ted Sparrow wrote a much more detailed biography of Huberht Hudson. See
HUDSON Huberht Taylor - a PDF file which opens in a new window (374Kb).
Huberht Hudson's son Richard wrote an article for the 2004 Regatta Programme. See REG_2004_HTH