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  • Cecil Thomas Hudson was born on 23 February 1899 in Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario. His parents were George Hudson, a carpenter, and Georgina Clarke. He had two younger siblings – Lottie and Harold.

    Cecil enlisted with the Kenora detachment of the 94th Battalion on 17 March 1916 claiming that he was 18 years of age. He left Kenora with the other recruits in May of 1916 heading to Port Arthur for training.  A month later they embarked from Halifax aboard the S.S. Olympic and sailed to England. Once arriving Cecil was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion on 13 July 1916. In August of 1916 he was attached to the 28th Battalion and sent to France. He was wounded on Christmas day 1916 but remained at duty. In May of 1917 it was discovered that Cecil was a minor so he was returned to England and posted to the Saskatchewan Regimental Depot in Bramshott. He underwent further training and in June of 1917 he was transferred to the 15th Reserve Battalion remaining in England. Cecil spent over two months in hospital with influenza in the spring of 1918 and, in the fall,  another month in the Canadian Special Hospital in Witley, England being treated for venereal disease. In November of 1918 he rejoined the 28th Battalion in France and served there until the battalion returned to England for demobilization in April of 1919. Cecil sailed back to Canada in May of 1919.

    After the war, Cecil returned to Kenora. He married Rose Ann Clark on 10 March 1924. They had two sons, Don and Tom; and one daughter – Kathleen. In August of 1927 Cecil began working for the Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company in Kenora. He was employed there until his retirement on the finishing room floor in 1966.

    Cecil died on 16 March 1981 and is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 199158
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 28th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Georgina Hudson (Mother), Kenora, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • 315 2nd Street North, Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • February 23, 1899
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Labourer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • March 17, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 17
  • Religion:
  • Methodist
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • March 16, 1981
  • Age at Death:
  • 82
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • Columbarium- 83E Forget Me Not J-6
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Cecil Thomas Hudson was born on 23 February 1899 in Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario. His parents were George Hudson, a carpenter, and Georgina Clarke. He had two younger siblings – Lottie and Harold.

    Cecil enlisted with the Kenora detachment of the 94th Battalion on 17 March 1916 claiming that he was 18 years of age. He left Kenora with the other recruits in May of 1916 heading to Port Arthur for training.  A month later they embarked from Halifax aboard the S.S. Olympic and sailed to England. Once arriving Cecil was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion on 13 July 1916. In August of 1916 he was attached to the 28th Battalion and sent to France. He was wounded on Christmas day 1916 but remained at duty. In May of 1917 it was discovered that Cecil was a minor so he was returned to England and posted to the Saskatchewan Regimental Depot in Bramshott. He underwent further training and in June of 1917 he was transferred to the 15th Reserve Battalion remaining in England. Cecil spent over two months in hospital with influenza in the spring of 1918 and, in the fall,  another month in the Canadian Special Hospital in Witley, England being treated for venereal disease. In November of 1918 he rejoined the 28th Battalion in France and served there until the battalion returned to England for demobilization in April of 1919. Cecil sailed back to Canada in May of 1919.

    After the war, Cecil returned to Kenora. He married Rose Ann Clark on 10 March 1924. They had two sons, Don and Tom; and one daughter – Kathleen. In August of 1927 Cecil began working for the Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company in Kenora. He was employed there until his retirement on the finishing room floor in 1966.

    Cecil died on 16 March 1981 and is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

    Hudson-Cecil-Thomas-2 Hudson-Cecil-Thomas-3 Hudson-Cecil-Thomas-4 Hudson-Cecil-Thomas-5 Hudson-Cecil-Thomas-6 Hudson-Cecil-Thomas-7

    Photographs as found on many public trees on ancestry.ca.

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  • Hudson, Cecil Thomas Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 199158
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • 28th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • Georgina Hudson (Mother), Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • February 23, 1899
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • 315 2nd Street North, Kenora, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Labourer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • March 17, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 17
  • Religion:
  • Methodist
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • March 16, 1981
  • Age at Death:
  • 82
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • Columbarium- 83E Forget Me Not J-6
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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