Educated in South Africa and England, John Henry Tudhope served with the army in German Southwest Africa. He was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps in April 1917. Posted to 40 Squadron, his Nieuport 17 was badly shot about by Adolf von Tutschek on 28 July 1917. After the war, he emigrated to Canada where he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1920. As operations manager for Trans-Canada Air Lines at Winnipeg, Squadron Leader Tudhope's survey of available routes through the Rocky Mountains resulted in the Trans-Canada air mail route that connected the prairies with the Pacific coast. He received the McKee tropy for meritorious service in Canadian aviation in 1930 and flew the first dawn to dusk flight across Canada, from Montreal to Vancouver, in 1937. Tudhope retired from the RCAF with the rank of Squadron Commander in June 1938. Later, he became president and manager of the first Aviation Insurance Group in Canada. While serving as telecommunications attache at Canada House in London, England, Tudhope died in hospital after an illness of about a month. He was 65.
T./Capt. John Henry Tudhope, Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed a splendid offensive spirit in continually attacking enemy aeroplanes. He has destroyed three enemy machines and has driven others down out of control, and always set a splendid example of courage and initiative.
T./Capt. John- Henry Tudhope, M.C., R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in fighting with exceptional dash and skill over a period of nine months, when he carried out numerous reconnaissances, flying low and engaging with bombs and machine-gun fire enemy troops, guns and transport. He obtained many direct hits and inflicted heavy casualties, often flying under very difficult weather conditions. He has crashed three enemy aeroplanes and shot down two others out of control. His determination and courage have been a brilliant example to the pilots of the flight he has been leading.
(M.C. gazetted 26th March, 1918.)