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It is with with deep sadness we learn of the passing of Rex who, was a great and knowledgeable supporter of all forms of hunting.  Ever cheery he always had time for people.  Fishing was also a great passion and a source for many a recollection.  

We remember a Countryside Alliance march in Edinburgh, when after leaving Cheltenham Racecourse at a very early hour to travel north by coach, Rex was as enthusiastic as any of us to march around the Scottish capital and stand and listen, with thousands of others, to the seemingly endless speeches.  Some of which were rallying and some which may have been better presented by Rex himself.  On the way home, in the coach when many of us were wilting, Rex told us he had driven back from Edinburgh on a business trip only a day or so before but seemed to think nothing of it. He liked to travel. 

Rex's funeral was held at Northleach Church on Tuesday 5th August. 

Donations may be made to, Help For Heroes or Ward 8a at Gloucester Royal Hospital through Norman, Trotman and Hughes, Funeral Directors, Northleach.  

The following Obituary was published in Baliy's Hunting Directory:-

Rex Hudson - Stalwart Supporter of the English Basset  

Rex Hudson died on July 22nd 2014 in The Royal Gloucestershire Hospital, following a severe stroke.  He was a remarkable man and for many years was the backbone of the MBHA.  He was a land agent by profession and had his own business, some of his clients remaining with him until the day he died.  He first experienced the English Basset in 1955 when he had a day with the Westerby during the time he was working in Nuneaton.  In 1958 he established the Herefordshire Bassets with drafts from the Westerby and was, in September of that year, present at the meeting in Market Harborough, chaired by Dr Eric Morrison, when the MBHA was revived after being suspended during the Second World War.  

Later, in 1969, he was appointed Secretary of the Association following the retirement of Mrs Jo Groom.  In those days the secretary of the MBHA virtually ran the whole Association, including the Stud Book and the job of Treasurer.  Rex worked diligently in this office until 1994, when he handed the job of Secretary over to Don Peacock.  Rex was shortly afterwards appointed President of the Association in recognition of his long service and deep knowledge of the hunting Basset Hound and the people involved. He remained President until 2003, when he handed over the role to Charles Bevin.  

Rex was a personal friend, often coming to stay with us during the summer.  Always a very considerate guest, he was a delight at a dinner party and had a bottomless fund of stories with which, together with his ascerbic wit, he would entertain the assembled company long into the evening.  His interests covered hunting and country life in all its forms and not just Bassets.  His last public appearance, when he caught up with many old friends, was at Peterborough on July 16th, to which he drove himself - there and home again.  Rex was one of the old school and will be sadly missed by many people throughout the hunting world and beyond.  

David Hindle 2014



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