Frederick Arthur HUDSON

Year of Birth:  1896, Mitcham, Surrey, England

Place of Birth:  Mitcham, Surrey, England

Date of Enlistment:  4 January 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  13 February 1915, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Seang Choon A49

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  15th Australian Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  1499

Died:  25 August 1915 – Gallipoli



Private Frederick Arthur Hudson – photo Northern Herald 25 June 1915 p27


Frederick Arthur Hudson was born c1896 in Mitcham, Surrey, England to Frederick Douglas Hudson and Marion Robinson. Frederick had 2 brothers, Robert William born 1894 and Wilfred Douglas 1900. Frederick attended the Merton Pack School in Surrey.

In 1910 the family immigrated to Australia and were in Cairns in 1912. From here they moved to Tolga and Kairi.

Frederick’s brother, Robert William joined the AN&MEF and then the AIF. They served together at one point in time and Robert’s nickname for Frederick was “Bunt”.  Robert wrote many letters home giving details of life around him. He returned home on the 1 May 1919 and died 26 December 1965.

On Frederick’s enlistment in Cairns, he was 19 years 4 months, occupation a Farmer, his next of kin his father Frederick Douglas Hudson, Tolga, Queensland. His height was 5 feet 10 ¾ inches, weighed 128 pounds with fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. His religion was Church of England.

Frederick also served in the Senior Cadets in Cairns.

Frederick Arthur Hudson was killed in action on the 25 August 1915 and buried in the Chailak Dere Cemetery, Anzac, Gallipoli. All burials in that particular area were then concentrated in the Embarkation Pier Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey.


HMAT Seang Choon A49 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial

Frederick’s brother Private  Robert William Hudson – Northern Herald  (Cairns) 25 June 1915 p27


This letter was written by Robert in December 1915, four months after “Bunt” was killed in action. The newspaper article he refers to was about Frederick’s death.

NAA B2455 – burial information


NAA B2455 – letter from his mother re medals


Northern Herald (Cairns) 8 October 1915 p6




Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the: HMAT Seang Choon A49, Australian War Memorial

Photograph RW and FA Hudson Northern herald 25 June 1915 p27

NAA: B2455, Hudson, F A , National Archives of Australia

NAA:B2455, Hudson RW, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Trove, Cairns Post 31 August 1915 p6

Trove The Northern Herald (Cairns) 8 October 1915 p6

The Northern Herald 7 May 1915 p6 

Northern Herald 17 December 1915 p38  

Cairns Post 11 September 1916 p2


Other Resources

The First Expeditionary Force: the Thursday Island Expedition: a collection of reference documents. Denis Bird, 2015 [CDFHS Library]

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