John Pilkington Hudson

24/7/1910 – 6/12/2007

His life

Details of his wartime career

    • An excellent book, with about 37 sympathetic pages about him: James Owen, “Danger UXB. The heroic story of the WWII Bomb Disposal Teams. (Little, Brown, 2010)
    • A book about bomb disposal with about 13 pages about his work, but little about him: Melanie. Jappy, Danger UXB. (Channel 4 Books, 2001)
    • A record of his promotion from Serjeant to Second Lieutenant, 26 October 1940
    • A fragment of an account (by him) of a day at Dunkirk in 1940.
    • An account (written by him in 1990) of his first Bomb Disposal assignment in the Sheffield blitz around Christmas 1940.
    • Details of the Y-fuze bomb incident in 1943 for which he got his first George Medal
      • the official citation giving the reasons for the award
      • announcement of the award in the London Gazette, 20 April 1943
    • Details of the V1 bomb incident in 1944 which earned him his second George Medal (called a ‘bar’ to the first one)
      • the official citation giving the reasons for the award
      • announcement of the award in the London Gazette, 15 September 1944
      • a brief account of the incident in a local history of the area
    • A two-page article from Radio Times 10-16 Feb 2001 about the two-part series on Channel 4,  Danger Unexploded Bomb‘, featuring him as one of the interviewees.
    • A summary of his wartime career
    • a building named after him : Hudson House, the HQ of the only Royal Engineer Territorial Army Bomb Disposal Regiment.

Details of his peace-time career

  • the announcement of his CBE in the London Gazette, 31 December 1974.
  • Two brief biographical articles published in 2001 for members of Nottingham university.
    • from the Nottingham University magazine
    • from AGRIMAG, journal of the Old Kingstonian Association, the alumnus organisation of the University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus; p100/101
  • Recent birthdays
  • A poem by his father William Arthur Hudson about a nursing chair and its users.

Some tiny snapshots from his life.

For captions, click any picture then click the right arrow to move through the gallery.


His death

  • He died peacefully at home in Wrington on 6th December 2007
  • The funeral: All Saints Church, Wrington, at 12.00 on Monday 17th December.
    • The service sheet.
    • An appreciation by his friend Peter Waister (a former student and colleague).
    • Donations in his memory (divided unequally between All Saints Church and the Wrington Vale Medical Practice): £1,451.70. Thank you to everyone! A thankyou letter from the Parish Church Council:




  • ‘Liquid hydrogen’. Both the Times and the Guardian describe the coolant that John used for disabling bomb-fuse batteries as liquid hydrogen. This is wrong – it was actually liquid oxygen.

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