Allan Harrison Hudson was born on December 1, 1894 at Tiviot Dale, Stockport, Cheshire. His father, Jervis Tarbuck Hudson, was a publican and married Ann Harrison on August 2, 1893. A daughter, Kathleen Louise Hudson, was born on June 19, 1896.
Allan was educated at Denstone College, Staffordshire, where he obtained his colours for both cricket and football, and where he was in the Officers Training Corps (O.T.C.) for two years. Afterwards he was articled to Messrs. Brown, Briggs and Symonds, solicitors, Stockport, and passed his intermediate examination in March 1914. He was a member of Hyde Golf Club. On the outbreak of the war he joined the Manchester University O.T.C., and was given his commission in the 9th Manchester Battalion on November 14, 1914.
He proceeded with the 2/9th Manchesters to Southport for training, and later he volunteered with 2nd Lieut. A.W.F. CONNERY and 2nd Lieut. JOHN M. ROBSON, for active service with the 1/9th Battalion. On April 1, 1915 the three officers were sent to Egypt, where they joined the Battalion around April 13th. He landed with the 1/9th in Gallipoli on May 9, 1915 as a platoon commander in “B” Company.
The following is excerpted from the personal diary of 2/Lt. Charles Earsham Cooke:
June 13. Sunday. HUDSON, poor fellow, went down to base early and was climbing over parapet to get 2 men who were over gathering-up equipment and got badly hit in left side; died a few hours later.
2/Lt. Allan Harrison Hudson died of wounds on Sunday June 13, 1915. He was 20 years old. He was buried at the Lancashire Landing Cemetery and is commemorated at the following places:
- Ashton-Under-Lyne Civic Memorial.
- St. Stephen’s Church, Flowery Field, Hyde.
The brass plaque at St. Stephen’s read: To the glory of God and in loving memory of their only son, Allan Harrison Hudson, 2nd Lieutenant 1/9th Manchester Regiment, who was killed in action in Gallipoli, June 13th 1915 aged 20 years. The East Window is erected by his devoted father and mother.