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Murray Rakena Hudson

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"D Company Group. Ken Hudson. Stan Mackie, Ross Hardy, Crete Haami." 1st Battalion, New Zealand Regiment - Scrapbook regarding Terendak Camp, Malacca, Malaya, 1961 - 1963. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2010-26-154.

"D Company Group. Ken Hudson. Stan Mackie, Ross Hardy, Crete Haami." 1st Battalion, New Zealand Regi …

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Identity

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  • Forenames
    Murray Rakena AWMM
  • Surname
    Hudson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Huddy AWMM
    • Murray Ken Hudson AWMM
    • "Ken" Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 16 March 2021 - 1 RNZIR History Room
  • Service number
    • Malaya 537931 AWMM
    • Vietnam 537931 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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  • Rohe
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Civilian life

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  • Birth
    24 February 1938 AWMM OpotikiBay of Plenty AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    George Cross (GC) AWMM
    1974 AWMM
    London Gazette, 11 October 1974. " On 13th February 1974 while supervising a live grenade practice, Sergeant Hudson suddenly became aware that the NCO in his grenade throwing bay had accidentally, and perhaps unknowingly, armed the grenade he was about to throw. Sergeant Hudson immediately ordered the man to throw the grenade, but there was no reaction. The Sergeant was then seen to quickly grasp the NCO's throwing hand in both his hands and attempt to throw the grenade over the front parapet of the throwing bay. He was within inches of success when the grenade exploded killing both men. As an experienced soldier, Sergeant Hudson would have realised immediately that once the grenade became armed there was less than four seconds to detonation. While he must have been aware of the great risk involved he took no action to safeguard himself, but instead attempted to dislodge the grenade from the NCO's hand and throw it over the parapet. Sergeant Hudson displayed devotion to duty and courage of a very high order when, with a complete disregard for his own safety, he attempted to save the life of a fellow soldier." Awarded posthumously. AWMM

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    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed whilst trying to assist a soldier in a live grenade exercise AWMM

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  • Attended Opotiki College

    His medals are held by the National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand.

    Awarded a posthumous George Cross for attempting to save the life of a fellow soldier during a live grenade exercise at Waiouru, 13 February 1974. Read award citation in the London Gazette, 11 October 1974. A fellow Vietnam Vet- 43361 Sgt Fergusson, died in the same incident. AWMM

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  • Death
    13 February 1974 Cemetery Record
    WaiouruCentral Plateau Cemetery Record
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    Opotiki Public Cemetery, St John Street / Duke Street & State Highway 2, Opotiki, New Zealand AWMM RSA 135 AWMM
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    Buried at Opotiki Cemetery with full Military Honours. Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 26 May 2017 - Dieppe Barracks history
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  • A little bio on Ken - https://6haurakiassoc.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Hauraki-News-February-2018-PDF.pdf - Lest we Forget
    Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 16 March 2021
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  • 537931 Sgt Murray Ken HUSDON, GC. 13 February 1974 aged 35. (1NZRegt-Malaya, NZSAS-Borneo, V5-Vietnam) Opotiki Cemetery, St John's Street (SH2). Plot, RSA 135. [-38.01723, 177.28784] (Buried as Murray Rakena HUDSON) LEST WE FORGET this hearty member of our battalion. Lost his life saving another, for which he was awarded the George Cross. (most information kindly supplied to AWMM by seava.co.nz) ONWARD.
    Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 3 August 2018
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  • While training in Waiouru on 13 February 1974, Sergeant Hudson was awarded a posthumous, George Cross for the following action. "While supervising a live grenade practice, Sergeant Hudson suddenly became aware that the NCO in his grenade throwing bay had accidentally armed the grenade he was about to throw. The Sergeant was then seen to quickly grasp the NCO’s throwing hand and attempt to throw the grenade over the front parapet of the throwing bay. He was within inches of success when the grenade exploded killing both men. Sergeant Hudson displayed devotion to duty and courage of a very high order when, with a complete disregard for his own safety, he attempted to save the life of a fellow soldier."
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  • ‘Huddy’ Hudson was born in Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty in 1938. After attending Opotiki College he joined the Territorial Force Hauraki Battalion. In 1961 he joined the Regular Force and served two years with the 1 st New Zealand Regiment in Malaya. Hudson thrived on the Army life and in 1966 he joined the Special Air Service, (SAS) the elite unit of the Army. While with the NZSAS he served in Borneo during the Malaysia/Indonesia Confrontation. Following his tour in Borneo he was promoted to Sergeant, posted to 1 RNZIR, the Infantry Battalion in Singapore, and served a year on active service with V Company during the Vietnam war. Towards the end of 1971 he returned to New Zealand and was posted to the Masterton company of 7 Battalion.
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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Gurr, Robert M. (1995). Voices from a border war : a history of 1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1963 to 1965. Melbourne, Vic.: Robert Gurr. AWMM
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
      p. 278 AWMM
    • 1NZR Roll 1961-1963 - Bill Russell, Malayan Veterans Association Scrapbook – 40th Anniversary edition. AWMM
    • DECEASED, 1 NZ Regiment, 1961-63 – Internet resource. AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM

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