Charles William Hudson EM

b. 11/04/1877 Staveley, Derbyshire. d. ?

DATE OF EM ACTION: 28/02/1916 Ireland Colliery, Staveley, Derbyshire.

Charles William Hudson was born on 11th April 1877 in Staveley, Derbyshire, the son of Charles William and Bertha. He was baptised on 10th June 1877. From an early age he began working down the mines at the Ireland Colliery. On 16th October 1899, he married Ruth Emma Bramley in Staveley and they went on to have eleven children, the eldest Martin in 1900, the youngest Gordon born in 1927. At the time of his award of the Edward Medal, Charles was a hewer, but later became a deputy underground. It is unknown when and where Charles Hudson passed away.



On the 28th February, 1916, at 7 a.m., a fall of roof occurred at the Ireland Colliery, by which a filler named John William Fieldsend was imprisoned. Gregory, Franklin, Hudson, Nurse and Smith at once set to work to open a passage through the fallen roof in order to rescue their fellow workman. The roof was everywhere very uneasy and a further fall was liable to occur at any moment. Owing to the narrowness of the place, only one man could work at the head of the passage (the most dangerous place), while the remaining four, one behind the other, passed out the material removed, the men taking by turns the post of danger. After about three hours’ work, at 10 a.m. a further fall occurred, closing the passage which had been made for three yards. Fortunately the workers escaped without injury. Work was at once resumed, and Fieldsend was reached. As soon, however, as an attempt was made to remove him from under a piece of timber, by which he was pinned down, a third fall occurred, blocking up the passage for about four yards, and displacing much of the timber which had been used to prop up the roof and walls of the passage as it was made. Finally, at 5 p.m., after ten hours’ continuous work, Fieldsend was reached and taken out of the pit. He was not much injured. All five men ran continuous risk, during the whole ten hours, of serious injury or death from falls of roof.