Alfred Castley HUDSON
Rank: Gunner
Number: 171711
Date of Death: 20 October 1917
Age: 37
Cemetery: St Michaelís Churchyard, Shap, Cumbria

Nothing is known of Alfred’s early life, except that army records published after the War indicate he had been born in Shap. The earliest record of him is the 1901 Census which shows him to have been working as a clerk for one of the railway companies. He was lodging at 125 Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge. This was the home of Enos Barker, another clerk and, presumably, a colleague.

In the late summer of 1905, he married Ellen Sykes in Huddersfield. He appaears to have been living in the Stockport area at the time of the Great War and enlisted into the Army in the town. In the early 1920s, Ellen’s address was given as 3 Shaw Road, Stockport. The army records note that he died of natural causes. It is not known why he is buried near to his original family home rather than his home after he married.

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