In Memory of


Sub-Lieutenant (A)

H.M.S. Venerable, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

who died on

Friday 23rd February 1945. Age 20.

Additional Information:

Son of John Howard Hudson and Lilian Alice Hudson of West Hampstead, London, England. Pilot with No.1850 R.N. Fighter Squadron. In Chance Vought FG-1D Corsair IV (KD 510) which failed to return to ship after dawn formation practice in Clyde Approaches, Scotland. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Casualty No. 2428715. War Grave photo below. (Enlarged)


Commemorative Information

Cemetery: HAMPSTEAD CEMETERY, London, United Kingdom.
Grave Reference/Panel Number: Sec. Q.7. Joint grave 34B.
Location: Fortune Green Road, West Hampstead, London. N.W.6.
Historical Information: Hampstead Cemetery covers 37 acres and was opened in 1876, consecrated by the Bishop of London and contains many historic tombs that have gained Grade II listed status with English Heritage. It is recorded that it cost the Board 2,500 to lay out and plant the grounds and 4,843 to build the chapels which were designed by Charles Bell in 1876. The southern chapel was for those to be buried in consecrated ground south of the main avenue, the other was for burials in the unconsecrated ground to the north. Among those buried in Hampstead Cemetery are Marie Lloyd, Joseph Lister, Horace Short, Florence K. Upton, Grand Duke Michael Michaelovitch and Kate Greenaway. It is also the final resting place of more than 60,000 people. The Cemetery is easily reached by public transport by underground to Finchley Road (Metropolitan & Jubilee lines) then bus north on Finchley Road to Fortune Green Road, or underground to West Hampstead (Jubilee line) then walk north along West End Lane to Fortune Green Road.

Inscription: 'Earth is happier having known thee and heaven is sweeter for thy sake'