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Walter Skelton Hudson

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Walter Skelton Hudson (c1877-1953), chairman of Robert Hudson and Co

1953 Obituary [1]

WE regret to record the death of Mr. Waiter Skelton Hudson, of Low Hall, Kirkby Overblow, which occurred after a sudden illness on Wednesday, August 26th.

Mr. Hudson, who was in his seventy-seventh year, was the last of the four sons of the original Robert Hudson, whose business was founded in 1864, upon the realisation of the future of narrow gauge railways in mining work, about the time of the development of the De Beers diamond mines.

Mr. Walter Hudson was chairman of Robert Hudson, Ltd., whose main works are on the original site at Gildersome, and of a subsidiary company with its works bearing that name at Benoni, near Johannesburg, Durban.

The Hudson brothers built up, through difficult times, the development of light railways for all industrial purposes and succeeded in establishing a world-wide organisation, first as a private partnership, then as a limited company and, finally, in 1948, as a public company.

Walter Hudson took an active part in this business up to the time of his death and travelled widely in connection with its activities.

He followed the Bramham Moor Hunt for a long period and was a Wetherby magistrate.

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