Charles Hudson Case Study

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Charles Hudson, letter to his sister (undated, 1915)
We are now 150yd from Fritz and the moon is bright, so we bend and walk quietly onto the road running diagonally across the front into the Bosche line. There is a stream the far side of this - boards have been put across it at intervals but must have fallen in - about 20yd down we can cross. We stop and listen - swish - and down we plop (for a flare lights everything up) it goes out with a hiss and over the board we trundle on hands and knees. Still.
Apparently no one has seen so we proceed to crawl through a line of "French" wire. Now, for 100yd dead flat weed-land with here and there a shell hole or old webbing equipment lying in little heaps! These we avoid. This means a slow, slow crawl
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He was promoted to major general. At the age of 45 he was the youngest general in the British Army. Charles was promoted to captain in the winter of 1916. Soon afterward he was sent to Aldershot; he developed cerebral spinal meningitis. Hudson eventually recovered and in September 1915 he was sent to Ypres on the Western Front.Meningitis can be life-threatening because of the inflammation 's proximity to the brain and spinal cord; therefore, the condition is considered a medical emergency. The battle of ypres was from the German forces taking over Belgium and the british taking it back both sides fought for it for four weeks till the French came to help the brits in a last push to hold the western front; but also caused high numbers in losses. On 1st July, 1916, Hudson and the 11th Sherwood Foresters took part in the battle of the Somme. At first Joffre intended for to use mainly French soldiers but the German attack on Verdun in February 1916 killed where most French forces were taken out from Germans heavy attack using over one million troops that pushed back the french three defensive lines. turned the Somme offensive into a large-scale British diversionary attack. ‘General Sir Douglas Haig now took Command and with the help of General Sir Henry Rawlinson, came up with his own plan of attack. Haig 's strategy was for a eight-day preliminary bombardment …show more content…
On 15th June 1918 he was in a battle that awarded him the Victoria Cross. According to The London Gazette: "The shelling had been very heavy on the right, the trench destroyed, and considerable casualties had occurred, and all the officers on the spot had been killed or wounded. This enabled the enemy to penetrate our front line. The enemy pushed their advance as far as the support line which was the key to our right flank. The situation demanded immediate action. Lieutenant Colonel Hudson recognising its gravity at once collected various headquarter details, such as orderlies, servants, runners, etc., and together with some Allies, personally led them up the hill. Driving the enemy down the hill towards our front line, he again led a party of about five up the trench, where there were about 200 enemy, in order to attack them from the flank. He then with two men got out of the trench and rushed the position, shouting to the enemy to surrender, some of whom did. He was then severely wounded by a bomb which exploded on his foot. Although in great pain, he gave directions for the counter-attack to be continued and this was done successfully, about 100 prisoners and six machine guns being

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