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John T Hudson died as a prisoner in Germany shortly after the war ended, on 1 December 1918. John was born in Jubilee Cottages in Oakham in 1884 and got married, in 1910, to Martha Ofield. The couple lived at 37 Simper Street in the town, near Willoughby Iliffe who also died in the First World War. John served with the 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, part of 54th Brigade 18th Division. It appears he had also served with the Leicestershire Regiment with the army number 30319. We assume his death was caused by 'flu in the big epidemic of 1918 while he was being held at Cassel (now Kassel) waiting to go home after the Armistice. He was 34. John is buried at Niederzwehren Cemetery, grave IX.D.10, alongside four other men from Rutland who were all prisoners of war and all died around the same time. John is also remembered on the war memorial in the grounds of All Saints' Church in Oakham. His name is also on the memorial plaque inside the Baptist Church in Oakham. His widow's cousin was William Evelyn Ofield from Empingham who also died in the First World War.

With thanks to Ann Grimmer who found most of the information here and also the photograph from the Grantham Journal.

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5 images Some pictures of Mr Hudson's headstone, taken 22 February 2015.
By John Stokes on Sunday 22nd February '15 at 6:36pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
J T Hudson, born Jubilee Cottages in Oakham 1884, was married in 1910 to Martha Ofield of Market Overton, my husband's gt aunt. While searching through some old papers I found the attached cutting with picture re his death & thought you would like his picture for the site & to know where he died. I believe Cassel now goes as Kassel, Hessen, Germany. Other information I have found on him while researching gt aunt Martha is that he was Pte JT Hudson, Army No 40455 of the 6th Battalion Northants Regiment, 54th Brigade, 18th Division & formerly with the Leics Regiment Army No 30319 Ann Grimmer
By Grimbles on Wednesday 21st October '15 at 12:47pm

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