Supporting our Veterans
608. Harry Hudson
Harry Hudson, 80, joined the Royal British Legion nearly 50 years ago and has since dedicated his life to helping fellow veterans.
Harry has transformed his local Chelmsford branch over 25 years, creating a vibrant inter-generational veterans group which sees old and young regularly socialising alongside serving personnel. Harry organises the local Remembrance Sunday and Armed Forces Day activity as well as a veterans’ march through the city centre to commemorate the battle of the Somme.
Harry joined the 3rd Carabiniers regiment (now part of Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards) aged 16 in December 1952. He served 12 years as an armoured vehicle driving instructor, teaching new recruits to drive tanks. During his service, he spent time in allied-occupied Germany after World War II and in Kuwait in 1962.
In a personal letter to Harry, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“For nearly half a century, you have tirelessly supported your fellow veterans and the activities of the Royal British Legion. Your work honours those who have fallen and the brave men and women who have risked their lives to protect us. We must never forget their sacrifice.”
Charles Byrne, Director General of The Royal British Legion said:
“We’re delighted that Harry’s been named a Point of Light, and recognised for his years of service to the Legion. His dedication and passion for the charity is inspiring and we can’t thank him enough for all his hard work. Harry is one of around 120,000 volunteers, who dedicate their time to help support our Armed Forces community and without whom our work wouldn’t be possible.”