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William Atkinson HODGSON (2)

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Surname: HODGSON

Forename(s): William Atkinson

Place of Birth: Rishton, Lancashire

Service No: 300028

Rank: L/Sergeant

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

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 27

Date of Death: 1917-05-30

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: IV. B. 44.

CWGC Cemetery: BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

William Atkinson Hodgson (born 27 December 1889) was the son of Seth and Ellen Hodgson, née Holmes. Seth was born at Leyland and Ellen at Lancaster, Lancashire. Seth took the surname Hodson/Hodgson when his mother, Elizabeth Critchley, married Richard Hodson.

1891 Accrington, Lancashire Census: 5, Beech Street - William A. Hodson, aged 1 year, born Rishton, Lancashire, son of Seth and Ellin Hodson.

1901 Accrington, Lancashire Census: 17, Haywood Street - William Hodgson, aged 11 years, born Rishton, Lancashire, son of Seth and Ellen Hodgson.

1911 Burn Hall [near Croxdale], Co. Durham Census: William Atkinson Hodgson, aged 22 years, born Blackburn, Lancashire. Gardener (Domestic).

William was married to Ann Quinn in 1912.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: L/Cpl W. Hodgson, 3189, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 29.6.15. K. in A. 30.5.17.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Cpl William Hodgson, 300028, W. Rid. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Cpl William Hodgson, 300028, 1/6 W. Rid. R. D. of A [sic]. 30.5.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: L/Sgt William Hodgson, 300028, 3189, 1/6th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 30.5.17. France.To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Anne. £13 0s. 0d.

William is commemorated in the 'Blackburn Roll of Honour 1914-1918'.

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War - A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

HODGSON, Sgt. Wm., aged 27, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, of Bailey Cottage, Skipton, died of wounds, 1917.

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L/Sergeant William Atkinson HODGSON

L/Sergeant William Atkinson 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: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: HODGSON

Forename(s): William

Born:

Residence:

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 300028

Rank: L/Sgt

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

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 30/05/17

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: HODGSON

Forename(s): W

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 300028

Rank: Lance Serjeant

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

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 30/05/1917

Additional Information:

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Birth Certificate for William Atkinson Hodgson

Birth Certificate for William Atkinson Hodgson

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Boulogne Eastern Cemetery

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08 June 1917

HODGSON – May 30th 1917, died in hospital from wounds received in action on the Western Front, Sergeant Wm. Hodgson, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, formerly of Bailey Cottage, Skipton, aged 27 years.

08 June 1917

SKIPTON'S ROLL OF HONOUR – SERGEANT WILLIAM HODGSON – Recommended for the D.C.M and a Commission

It is also with regret that we have to record that official information was received on Friday that Sergeant William Hodgson, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, whose wife lives at Bailey Cottage, Skipton, died in hospital on May 30th from a gunshot wound in the buttock. A native of Blackburn and 27 years of age, deceased was a gardener, and for several years was in the employ of Sir Henry Salvan, of Burn Hall, Durham, and while living in Durham earned more than local fame as a long distance runner. He was a member of the Durham City Harriers, and was the proud possessor of many valuable prizes won by clever running, including a silver cup, a teapot, a clock, and a fruit dish. He came to Skipton in 1912 as a gardener on the Skipton Castle Estate. Soon after the outbreak of war he enlisted in the ‘Dukes’ as a private, and had only been in France five months when he contracted fever and was brought back to England. On his recovery he returned to France, and had only been there a few months when he received the wound which has ended in his death. A fine soldier, he had been promoted to sergeant on the battlefield, and later, for conspicuous gallantry in action, had been offered a commission, and recommended for the coveted D.C.M.

Several touching letters have been received by Mrs. Hodgson from the Rev. E. Garnett, a Roman Catholic Army Chaplain. Writing on Whit Sunday Mr. Garnett says:– “As you already know your poor husband was admitted to this hospital a few days ago very seriously wounded, and I only wish it were possible to buoy up your hopes for his recovery.”

In another letter, dated May 31, the Chaplain mentions that Sergeant Hodgson had died on the previous day and adds:– “The night before last I gave him my big crucifix blessed by Pope Leo XIII, and also said Mass for him. He received Holy Viaticum on Monday afternoon, at his own request. You will be justly proud of him, as he gave his life in a great cause and he rightly felt that he had done his duty. He will be buried in the cemetery tomorrow with full military honours by a Father.”

Another Roman Catholic Army Chaplain has written Mrs. Hodgson stating that her husband received the wound, a gunshot in the buttock, whilst raiding a German trench; and under date May 23rd, Corporal E. Rosenthal of Skipton has written as follows:– “It is with much feeling of regret, mingled with pride, that I write these few lines to you in regard to Bill. Being a pal of Bill’s I thought the least I could do was to write you a line or two to confirm the messages which doubtless you will have received. To be definite, the wound itself was not really bad, and it is quite typical of him that he was in big spirits; he has earned words of praise from every one for the manly way in which he bore his wound, which was received right on the German parapet whilst doing a noble self-sacrificing job of staying back and covering his party, seeing them safely in their own trenches -a spirit he has borne all the time he has been with us. Speaking for all his platoon, we are all so sorry to lose him, especially under such circumstances because he inspired confidence in the men and never knew what fear was. He was always so cheerful and obliging, and his platoon has suffered a loss which cannot be replaced, except by the original. It has been frequently said that he was the best sergeant that we ever had. Just before he left us after getting wounded, he wished his platoon the best of luck and said they need not worry about him.”

Captain K. Oyston (Keighley) has also written a letter of sympathy to Mrs. Hodgson, in which he says that deceased was wounded on May 19th, while on patrol duty doing excellent work. He adds that he is very sorry indeed to lose him, as he was one of the best N.C.O.s in the Company.

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08 June 1917

HODGSON – Died from wounds received in action, Sergt. Wm. Hodgson, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, husband of Mrs. Hodgson, of Bailey Cottage, Skipton, aged 27.

08 June 1917

DEATH OF A SKIPTON SERGEANT

Official information was received on Friday last that Sergt. Wm. Hodgson, of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, husband of Mrs. Hodgson, of Bailey Cottage, Skipton, died from a gun shot wound in the buttock. Sergt. Hodgson, who was 27 years of age, enlisted as a private soon after the outbreak of war, and had only been in France about five months when he contracted fever and was brought back to England. On his recovery he returned to France, and had only been there a few months when he met his death. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant, and was offered a commission on the field for conspicuous gallantry a month or two ago. He had also been recommended for the D.C.M. He is a native of Blackburn, and was employed by Sir Henry Salvan, of Burn Hall, Durham. He afterwards came to Skipton, where he had been employed on the Castle Estate for five years previous to his joining the army. He was a keen athlete, being formerly connected with the Durham City Harriers, with whom he had carried off many prizes for long distance running, including a silver cup, in 1912, silver tea pot, clock, and fruit dish. He leaves a wife and one child.

Rev. E. Garnett (Chaplain), in a letter to Sergt. Hodgson’s wife, states:– “As you already know your poor husband was admitted into this hospital a few days ago very seriously wounded, and I only wish it was possible to buoy up your hopes for his recovery.”

In a further letter dated May 31st the Chaplain states that Sergt. Hodgson died on the morning of May 30th, and adds that the previous night he gave him his big crucifix blessed by Pope Leo xiii, and he had said Mass for him. He received Holy Viaticum on Monday afternoon at his own request. Mrs. Hodgson would be justly proud of her husband, as he gave his life in a great cause and rightly felt that he had done his duty. He would be buried in the. cemetery to-morrow morning by a Father with full military honours.

Another Chaplain in a letter dated May 21st, states that Sergt. Hodgson was in hospital with a gun shot wound in the buttock. He got his wound whilst raiding a German trench.

Corpl. E. Rosenthal, a Skipton soldier, also writes:– “It is with much feeling and regret mingled with pride that I write these few lines to you in regard to Bill. Being a pal of Bill’s, I thought the least I could do was to write you a line or two and confirm the messages which doubtless you will receive as to the wound itself. To be definite it is not really bad, and it is quite typical of him that he was in high spirits, and he earns words of praise from everyone for the manful way in which he bore his wound, which was received right on the German parapet whilst doing a noble and self sacrificing job of staying back and covering his party and seeing them safely into their own trench – a spirit he has borne out all along the time he has been with us. Speaking for his platoon they are also sorry to lose him, especially under the circumstances, because he inspired confidence into the men and never knew what fear was. He was always so cheerful and obliging, and his platoon has suffered a loss which is very hard indeed to replace except by the original. It was frequently expressed that he was the best sergeant that we ever had. Just before he left us after getting wounded, he wished his platoon the best of luck, and that they need not worry about him.”

Capt. K. Ogston also writes that Sergt. Hodgson was wounded on May 19th when out on patrol duty doing excellent work. He was very sorry to lose him, as he was one of the best N.C.O.’s in the company.

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