Sunday, March 13, 2011

Second Lieutenant Evan Gibb Hudson - Auckland Harbour Board Memorial

Second Lieutenant Evan Gibb Hudson was born in Parnell the son of Harold and Ellen Hudson, he attended Kings College from the age of nine and study Civil Engineering at Auckland University. By all accounts Hudson was a very able scholar.  He had spent some time at the Auckland Harbour Board as a Civil Engineering Cadet to gain experience.   On completion of his degree he immediately volunteered for active duty.    Hudson embarked with the 35th reinforcements on the 2 March 1918 and once in England was attached to the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and sent to France.

He was killed in action on the 9 September 1918 at Havrincourt Wood in France he was 22 years old and is buried at Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery.

In the will of the of Evan Hudson's father the late Mr Harold Willey Hudson a fund was provided to set up an Engineering Scholarship at Auckland University in 1949 in memory of his son.  His ceremonial sword is on display at the University.

Evan Hudson had been and excellent student and the scholarship is a rather fitting memorial for the Hudson family in honour of their son Evan Gibb Hudson.

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