Rank: Second Lieutenant
Athol was born in Nelson 1894 and was the sixth of ten children born to Dr James Hudson and his wife Beatrix Jane (nee Andrews). Dr Hudson was a registered medical practitioner in Nelson from 1882 until 1908 and then in Tapawera from 1909 until his death in 1912. Dr Hudson had purchased one of the first motor vehicles in the district but had a fatal accident whilst descending the Spooners Range on 8 July 1912.
Athol Hudson was at college as a very young boy for four years (1903-1906). He then went to Waitaki High School and later to Victoria College with a Junior University Scholarship. As a long distance runner he achieved really remarkable success and was already one of the best three-mile men that New Zealand has seen.
Athol Hudson enlisted on the outbreak of war and joined the Samoan Expedition. On his return he spent a little time completing his Bachelor of Science course and then went into camp again for further service.
Athol Hudson was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship.
He headed the list in the examination for commissions in the Expeditionary Force and was drafted to the Ninth Reinforcement as a second Lieutenant. He proceeded with them to Egypt and then to France.
It appears that on the night of 15 July Athol Hudson and two men went into the ‘No Man’s Land’ and crept close to the German trenches in an attempt to gain information. He noticed a movement nearby and was handing his glasses to one of his men when he was shot, and in all probability killed instantaneously.