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Tom HODGSON

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Surname: HODGSON

Forename(s): Tom

Place of Birth: Rathmell, Yorkshire

Service No: 26671

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Grenadier Guards

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: Guards Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1917-07-30

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CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VIII. E. 7

CWGC Cemetery: DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY

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Local War Memorial: DALEHEAD, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SLAIDBURN, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: TOSSIDE, YORKSHIRE

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Tom Hodgson was the son of Thomas and Mary Jane Hodgson, née Robinson and brother of Private Percy Hodgson (13771) (q.v.). Their father was born at Gisburn Forest and mother at Bolton-by-Bowland, Yorkshire. Tom and Percy were cousins of: Private Robert Hodgson (28391) (q.v.); Private Thomas Hodgson (32388) (q.v.); Private Rowland Robinson (235477) (q.v.); Private John Hodgson (29749).

1901 Rathmell, Yorkshire Census: Black Hill Farm - Tom Hodgson, aged 3 years, born Rathmell, son of Thomas and Mary Jane Hodgson.

1911 Tosside, Yorkshire Census: Clough Hall - Tom Hodgson, aged 13 years, born Rathmell, Yorkshire, son of Thomas and Mary Jane Hodgson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Tom Hodgson, 26671, Grenadier Guards.

Tom is mentioned in his brother Percy's biography in: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered - Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

A short biography of Tom is included in: ‘In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance - Remembering the Men & Women of Slaidburn, Newton in Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Dale Head & Tosside’ by Margaret Brenchley (2018).

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TOSSIDE

HODGSON, Tom, aged 19, Grenadier Guards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson, Skipton [sic] Moor Lodge, killed in action July 31, 1917.

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Private Tom HODGSON

Private Tom HODGSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Grenadier Guards

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Grenadier Guards

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

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Surname: HODGSON

Forename(s): T

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 26671

Rank: Private

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Unit: 1st Bn.

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Died Date: 30/07/1917

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24 August 1917

HODGSON – July 31st 1917, killed in action on the Western Front, Private Tom Hodgson, Grenadier Guards, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson, Stephen Moor Lodge, Tosside, aged 19 years.

24 August 1917

TOSSIDE – ANOTHER SUPREME SACRIFICE

Official news was received last week of the death of Private Tom Hodgson, Grenadier Guards, B.E.F., France, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson, of Stephen Moor Lodge, Tosside. Private Hodgson was called up in September 1916, went out to France on March 5th 1917, and was killed in action on July 31st in his 20th year. Much sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson and family in their sad bereavement. This is Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson’s second bereavement.

Pte. J. Baggott, B.E.F., France, writes to Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson:– “I am sorry to have to write to you on such a sad occasion, but I thought it would be a great consolation for you to know that Tom was buried properly – the chaplain being present at his burial. Tom and I met in the train to join the Army. Since then we have always been the best of friends. I have never met a better fellow, doing all in his power to make everyone happy. His death came as a great shock to all of us who knew him. I was not with him at the time he was killed, being in another company, but I saw him buried. He was hit by a piece of shell just above the right hip. Tom seemed to have passed away very peacefully, the expression on his face being very peaceful. In your sad loss, Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson, I offer you and your family my deepest sympathy, praying and trusting that God will give you strength to bear you up in your great grief.”

Private Joshua Hodgson, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson, has been wounded in his left arm, but is improving nicely. Private Hodgson is now in a convalescent home at Ipswich.

A memorial service will be held at Mount Zion Chapel, Tosside, on Sunday, August 26th.

12 March 1920

TOSSIDE – Fallen and Returned Soldiers Honoured

The demobilised soldiers of Tosside and their lady friends were entertained to supper in the Congregational Sunday School on Saturday evening by the members and friends connected with the chapel. After supper, a concert consisting of songs and recitations was sustained by a youthful company, and included two dialogues by L. and E. Hodgson, B. Bentham, E. Jackson, N. Moon, Joshua Hodgson and Mark Bentham. A highly enjoyable evening was spent.

On Sunday afternoon a memorial tablet was unveiled at a special memorial service held in memory of the six Tosside young men who did not return. The service was conducted by Mr. J. W. Andrews, of Sutton, and the tablet was unveiled by Mr. Joshua Hodgson and Mr. David Harrison, both of whom were wounded during the war. The tablet was placed in the chapel by the relatives of the late soldiers, and by members of the congregation and bears the following inscription:–

“In loving memory of the young men connected with this place of worship who died while serving their country during the Great War, 1914-18:– Nicholas Harrison, Percy Hodgson, Tom Hodgson, Rowland Robinson, Jess Lawson, Sam Lawson; also their age and date of death.” Here follows an appropriate verse.

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08 December 1916

TOSSIDE SOLDIER KILLED

News was received on October 16th that Private Percy Hodgson died of wounds in France. Private Hodgson enlisted along with Captain Tunstill’s men, and went out to France about thirteen months ago. Private Hodgson was 31 years of age, and was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson, of Stephen Moor Lodge, Tosside, with whom much sympathy is expressed. It is worthy of note that Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson have two younger sons serving with the Colours. One is Private Tom Hodgson, who has been spending a short furlough during this last week at home.

A memorial service was held at Mount Zion Chapel, Tosside. Mr. Sugden, of Keighley, occupied the pulpit, and at the close of his sermon made reference to Private Hodgson’s death. He was an old scholar at the Sunday school. A collection was taken at the close of the service in aid of the Soldiers’ Comforts Fund, which amounted to £4 10s. 4d. The lady members have been busy of late in making comforts for the lads who have gone from the district. Sixteen parcels have been made up and sent out, and they consist of vests, cake, chocolate and cigarettes.

24 August 1917

HODGSON – Killed in action, July 31st, Pte Tom Hodgson, of the Grenadier Guards, son of Mrs. Hodgson, of Stephen Moor Lodge, Tosside, in his 20th year.

24 August 1917

TOSSIDE SOLDIERS KILLED AND WOUNDED

Official news was received lost week of the death in action on July 30th of Pte. Tom Hodgson, of the Grenadier Guards, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson, of Stephen Moor Lodge, Tosside. Pte. Hodgson enlisted in September, 1916, and went out to France in March last. He was in his 20th year, and much sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson and family in this their second bereavement. Pte. Baggott, in a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson, states:– “I am sorry to have to write to you on such a sad occasion, but I thought it would be a great consolation for you to know that Tom was buried properly, the chaplain being present at his burial. Tom and I met in the train on the way to join the army. Since then we have always been the best of friends, and I have never met a better fellow. He did all in his power to make everyone happy with whom he met. His death came as a great shock to all of us who knew him. I was not with him at the time he was killed, being in another company, but I saw him buried. He was hit by a piece of shell just above the right hip. Tom seemed to have passed away very peacefully, the expression on his face being very peaceful. In your sad lose, I offer you and your family my deepest sympathy, praying and trusting that God will give you strength to bear up in your great grief.”

A memorial service will be held at Mount Zion Chapel, Tosside, on Sunday, August 28th, for the late Pte. Tom Hodgson, at 1-30 o’clock.

Pte. Joshua Hodgson, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson, has been wounded in his left arm, but is improving nicely. Pte. Hodgson is now is a convalescent home at Ipswich.

02 August 1918

In sad and loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte. Tom Hodgson, of the Grenadier Guards, who fell in France on the 30th of July, 1917.

Could we but have clasped his hand,
The lad we love so well,
To kiss his brow when death was nigh,
And whispered a last farewell.

We pictured his safe returning,
We longed to clasp his hand,
But God has postponed the meeting
Till we meet in the Better Land.

– From his sorrowing Father and Mother, Sisters and Brothers, Stephen Moor Lodge, Tosside.

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