Peter Hudson (British Army officer)

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Sir Peter Hudson
Born 14 September 1923
Died 8 August 2000
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1944 - 1980
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 3rd Bn Royal Green Jackets
39th Infantry Brigade
Eastern District
Battles/wars Mau Mau Uprising
Malayan Emergency
Operation Banner
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant-General Sir Peter Hudson, KCB, CBE, DL (14 September 1923 – 8 August 2000) was a British Army officer who became Deputy Commander of UK Land Forces.

Early life[edit]

Hudson was educated at Wellingborough School and Jesus College, Cambridge.

Military career[edit]

Hudson was commissioned in to the Rifle Brigade in 1944.[1] He took part in the response to the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya in 1954 and the Malayan Emergency in the late 1950s and was made Commanding Officer of 3rd Bn Royal Green Jackets in 1966.[1] He was appointed Commander of 39th Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland in 1969 at just the time when the Troubles were escalating,[2] Director of Army staff Duties in 1972[3] and Commander of Eastern District in 1973.[1] He went on to be Chief of Staff for Allied Forces Northern Europe in 1975 and Deputy Commander-in-Chief UK Land Forces in 1977 before retiring in 1980.[1]

Later life[edit]

In retirement he became Secretary-General of the Order of St John and Lieutenant of the Tower of London.[1] He was also Deputy Lieutenant of Berkshire.[1]

He is buried at St Peter and St Paul Churchyard at Yattendon in Berkshire.[4]


In 1949 he married Susan Anne Knollys; they had a daughter and adopted a son and a daughter.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ Obituary: Lieutenant General Sir Peter Hudson The Telegraph, 6 September 2000
  3. ^ Army Commands Archived 5 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Find-a-grave
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Beach
Deputy Commander-in-Chief UK Land Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Frank Kitson