William Dudley Hemmings
William Dudley Hemmings (better known as Dudley) was born on 23 December 1917 and passed away peacefully in Warrnambool, Victoria on 19 April 2017. Dudley was married to Coralie, had three children, nine grand and several great grandchildren. Dudley enlisted in November 1941 and completed navigational training in Australia and Canada and after arriving in the United Kingdom, he served with the 140 Wing, 464 Squadron (Sqn) RAAF, 107 Sqn RAF. He returned to Australia in February 1945 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in Hobart by the Governor of Tasmania.
Dudley was an active social playing member of MDTC and on retiring from tennis and the passing of Coralie he moved to Warrnambool to live. Dudley was a highly respected member of MDTC and is still fondly remembered. It is believed he was also an accredited tennis umpire.
Dudley donated the trophy in 2006 with the 1st winner receiving it in the same year. The list of trophy winners is recorded below.
2006 -Trevor Hamlyn
2007 – Dennis Heaton
2008 – Sally Yuncken
2009 – Dean Cannon
2010 – Clive/Trish Turner
2011 – Anne Simpson
2012 – Eric Siebert
2013 – Ann Gorey
2014 – Brenton Schnell
2015 – Henry Young
2016 to 2020 – Not presented
2021 – Judy Hare
- The member has significantly contributed to the better functioning and achievements of the Club.
- The contribution may be in any area of club activities, but the trophy shall not be made in recognition of a member’s personal achievements in competitions, tournaments etc.
- The trophy can recognise a single action or a sustained effort over several years.
- The action(s) need not have occurred in the year in which the trophy is made.
- The trophy nominee must have been a member of MDTC at the time of the action/s being recognised.
- Management Committee members are not eligible to receive the trophy in respect of duties performed in their committee role but are otherwise eligible.
- No member shall receive the trophy more than once.