Professor John Hudson
Some of the (older) staff in the Horticultural Department may remember the above who was an eminent horticulturalist with a long career in horticulture which, included being Dean of the Agriculture and Horticulture Faculty at the University of Nottingham, Director of Long Ashton Fruit Research Station, and also Professor of Horticultural Science at the University of Bristol. He died recently at the age of 97. He was a member of the horticultural staff here, joining the College in 1936 He lived with his wife in a cottage in Wales Farm Lane. Sid Beard, who was a student at the time and still lives locally’ remembers him and the student nickname of ‘buds and shoots
What is perhaps different about him from other previous members of staff was that he was awarded two George medals for bravery during the war making him probably one of our most ‘decorated’ members of staff and he was at the time one of the countries top experts in bomb disposal..
He joined the Army, soon after the outbreak of war in 1939 and was part of the British Expeditionary Force to
He was then assigned to the Bomb Disposal Unit. He received his first George Medal for removing the first of a new type of anti-handling fuse from a large bomb in
His second George Medal was awarded after defusing the first flying bomb to have landed intact. This was close to Haywards Heath. The flying bomb had three fuses the third of which was totally unknown. It took him several days to make all three fuses safe.
After the war he returned to Horticulture.