Huberht Taylor Hudson

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Captain Huberht Taylor Hudson, R.N.R., Retired (17 September, 1886 – 15 June, 1942) was an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve. His unusual first name is the Anglo-Saxon spelling of Hubert.

Life & Career

Hudson joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 1913 and took part in Ernest Shackleton's famous Antarctic expedition, during which he earned the nickname "Buddha". Fellow expedition member Thomas Orde-Lees described Hudson thus: "One never quite knows whether he is on the brink of a mental breakdown or bubbling over with suppressed intellectuality".[1]

Hudson was appointed Lieutenant, R.N.R. in Command of the patrol boat PC 70 on 13 April, 1918.[2]

Hudson returned to duty as a convoy Commodore during the Second World War. He was killed in action on 15 June, 1942 while Commodore of Convoy HG-84 when his ship, the British motor merchant Pelayo, was torpedoed and sunk by U-552, commanded by the German U-boat ace Erich Topp.[3]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Basil A. Taylor
Captain of H.M.S. Lively
22 May, 1917[4]
Succeeded by
Harold Holehouse
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. PC 70
13 Apr, 1918[5]
Succeeded by


  1. Cool Antarctica: Huberht Taylor Hudson - Biographical notes
  2. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 861.
  3. Pelayo (British Motor merchant) - Ships hit by German U-boats during WWII
  4. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395e.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 861.