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Edgar Bradley HODGSON

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Surname: HODGSON

Forename(s): Edgar Bradley

Place of Birth: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Service No: 13873

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 17th (Northern) Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1915-11-07

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 20.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: ILKLEY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Edgar Bradley Hodgson was the son of Mark and Mary Jane Hodgson, née Drax. Mark was born at Hogsthorpe, Lincolnshire and Mary at Newport near Brough, Yorkshire.

1901 Lincoln, Lincolnshire Census: 1, Ashlin Street - Edgar B. Hodgson, aged 9 years, born Lincoln, son of Mark and Mary J. Hodgson.

1911 Lincoln, Lincolnshire Census: 1, Ashlin Grove - Edgar Bradley Hodgson, aged 19 years, born Lincoln, son of Mark and Mary Jane Hodgson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Edgar B. Hodgson, 13873, West Riding Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 15 July 1915.

Edgar is commemorated on Lincoln War Memorial; on the Ilkley War Memorial, Edgar, is named as Edward.

Edgar is also commemorated in the 'Roll of Honour – Ninth Duke of Wellington's W.R. Regiment' book.

Photograph: ‘Lincolnshire Chronicle’ (20 November 1915).

Data Source: Craven Herald Article


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Private Edgar Bradley HODGSON

Private Edgar Bradley HODGSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

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Surname: HODGSON

Forename(s): Edgar Bradley

Born: Lincoln

Residence: Lincoln

Enlisted: Ilkley, Yorks

Number: 13873

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 9th Battalion


Died Date: 07/11/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: HODGSON

Forename(s): Edgar Bradley

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 13873

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 9th Bn.

Age: 24


Died Date: 07/11/1915

Additional Information: Son of Mark and Mary J. Hodgson, of 1, Ashlin Grove, Lincoln.

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‘Lincolnshire Chronicle’ (20 November 1915)


Pte. E. Hodgson, of Lincoln

Much sympathy was felt in the City when it became known that Pte. Edgar B. (Ted) Hodgson, the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson, of 1, Ashlin Grove, Lincoln had been killed in action on Nov. 7th.

The first intimation of the death of their son was received by Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson in the following letter from Pte. T. Otty, bearing date Nov. 7th, 1915:– Dear Mrs. Hodgson, – I am sorry to have to relate to you the sad news of your dear son, Edgar. He was doing his duty, this morning, when he was hit by a stray bullet and died bravely, soon afterwards. Ted and myself have been good friends from enlisting 14 months ago, and I thought it my duty to break the sad news to you. It was his wish that we should let you know, and I can truly say that he died like a soldier – bravely. He was a good worker and I shall lose a good and true friend. I trust and hope God will give you His help to bear this sorrowful burden. I ca assure you he will be put peacefully away with other comrades. Hoping you will accept my deepest sympathy, I remain, yours respectfully, Thomas Otty.

P.S. – I am going to his funeral at six p.m., to-night, and I am putting a decent cross on his grave.

A further letter from another of deceased’s friends reads:–

“It is with regret that I tell you of Ted Hodgson’s death. He died from a bullet wound. The bullet entered his left arm and lodged in his left lung. Poor Ted, a nobler and kinder comrade I never met, and all our boys feel the loss very much. I recollect Ted saying to me a few weeks ago: ‘I pity you poor lads in the trenches.’

“We had some wet weather, and I came down to headquarters from the firing line in charge of a fatigue party. Ted was at headquarters, so, of course, well behind the firing line, and when it was our lot to be cold, wet and uncomfortable, Ted was more or less ‘comfy’ and dry. This particular morning Ted said: ‘You look cold,’ and made me go to his dug-out and gave me a pint of hot tea and some bacon and bread and a pair of dry socks. He said: ‘I do pity you poor lads up yonder’ – meaning the firing line.

“There were scores of actions like these which distinguished Ted and made him liked and respected by all ranks – such are the fortunes, or misfortunes, of war.

“I do not know his address or people at Lincoln, but I know you will convey the sad news to his mother. Tell her to accept my deepest sympathy, and that of all the N.C.O.’s and men of his platoon. I may say that he died as he lived – nobly.”

Pte. Ted Hodgson was 24 years old, and served his apprenticeship, as hairdresser, with Mr. Kirkham, Guildhall-street, Lincoln. On the outbreak of war he was working at Ilkley, and in September last year enlisted in the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. He had only been in France about four months at the time of his death. His loss will be keenly felt in the west-end of the city, where he was very well known.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


HODGSON Mark of 1 Ashlin-grove Lincoln died 8 January 1941 Probate Lincoln 19 March to Percy James Edward Hodgson engineers clerk and William Parker Hodgson engineers draughtsman. Effects £10337 18s. 11d.


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19 November 1915


Private Edward Hodgson, who joined the Ilkley ‘Pals’ Company, 9th West Riding Regiment, in the early days of the war, has been killed in Flanders. He was the son of Mr. M. Hodgson, Ashlin Grove, Lincoln, and up to joining the colours was assistant to Mr. S. de Lacey, hairdresser, Ilkley. He was struck with a stray bullet on November 7th, and died soon afterwards, being buried the same evening.


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