Do you know hero policeman’s family?

Hero: Sergeant Stephen Hudson, at his desk
Hero: Sergeant Stephen Hudson, at his desk
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More details have emerged about a heroic policeman who rescued three children and their mother from a burning building.

PC Stephen Hudson, from Fulwood, Preston, received The King’s Medal for Bravery in 1925.

He joined Lancashire Police in 1921 and retired from the force as a sergeant in 1953, at the age of 53, after “exemplary” conduct.

His keepsakes were discovered in a loft in Sunningdale sheltered housing complex, in Broughton, Preston, last year.

Ron Entwistle, 75, who was entrusted with the find, contacted the Evening Post to run an appeal to see if readers could help track down Mr Hudson’s relatives.

Now Neil Sayer, archive access manager at Lancashire Archives, based at Lancashire Record Office in Bow Lane, Preston, has unearthed more information about the former officer’s family.

He said: “I’m fairly sure his son Kenneth became a policeman.

“His service record shows he was born in Accrington in 1926.

“He served in the Royal Navy for three years from 1944 and joined Lancashire Police in 1947, when he was living in Fulwood.

“He retired as a sargeant in 1976 and died in January 1982.

“Though he was married to Margaret Nuttall in Accrington in 1950, his service record does not state that there were any children.

“Stephen Hudson’s daughter Vera married Cecil Kilshaw, an RAF Flying Officer, at St Cuthbert’s Church in Fulwood in 1945.

“She gave her home address as Atherton Road and he as Plungington Road, both in Fulwood.

“It seems they had at least two children, Barbara, in 1946, and Michael, in 1949, but I can’t find anything further about them.”

If you know of Barbara or Michael, contact Neil Docking on 01772 838029 or email