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There is not a lot of detail online about this week’s keen individual who inspires and surprises. Nevertheless, Sergeant Murray Hudson is a worthy recipient of our attention and admiration for his selfless action 45 years’ ago this month. Quote.

Sergeant Murray Hudson died attempting to save the life of another soldier during a live grenade training exercise at Waiouru military camp. For this selfless act, the 35-year-old received a posthumous George Cross ? one of only three awarded to New Zealanders since the medal?s establishment in 1940.

?potiki-born, Hudson joined the regular New Zealand Army in 1961 after a spell in the Territorial Force. He went on to serve with the Special Air Service (SAS) and 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (1RNZIR) in South-East Asia ? first during the Confrontation in Borneo and then in Vietnam (with Victor 5 Company, 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion) ? before he was posted back to New Zealand in 1971.

On 13 February 1974, Hudson was supervising a live grenade practice when the soldier in his bunker, Sergeant Graham Fergusson, accidently [sic] armed the grenade he was about to throw. Realising the danger, Hudson ordered Fergusson to get rid of the grenade immediately. When Fergusson hesitated, Hudson reached for the grenade in an attempt to throw it out of the bunker. Tragically, it exploded before he could do this, killing both men. End quote.

NZ History


The Gazette notice of the award is shown below:

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