HODGKINSON, HARRY

Photograph with kind permission from the Uttoxeter Advertiser

 

 

Sources:

CWGC

SDGW

Uttoxeter Advertiser

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Parents

 

 

 

 

 

Where born

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

 

Yes

 

8

 Staffordshire

 

 

 

4d

When born

About  1882

 

 

 

6

Address

Mother: Balance Hill, Uttoxeter

 

 

9d, 9h

 

Balance Hill, Uttoxeter

 

 

9g

 

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

 

 

 

8

1911: Grindley, Uttoxeter, in the parish of Chartley Holme

 

 

 

4d

Spouse

 

 

 

 

 

Children

 

 

 

 

 

Employment Before Joining up

1911: Waggoner on farm

 

 

 

4d

He worked at the Leighton Ironworks

 

 

9a

8

Where enlisted

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

 

Yes

 

8

Regiment

North Staffordshire (Prince of Waless)

Yes

Yes

9d

1, 8

Unit

1st/6th Bn.

Yes

Yes

 

 

6th Bn

 

 

9d

 

1/6th (T.F.) Bn

 

 

 

8

August 1914: G Company

 

 

 

8

B Company

 

 

 

1

Rank

Lance Corporal

Yes

Yes

9d, 9e, 9f, 9g, 9h

1, 8

Service Number

2477

Yes

Yes

 

1, 8

Date of Death

1 July 1916

Yes

Yes

9d, 9f, 9g, 9h

1, 8

Age at time of death

About 34

 

 

 

6

Where Killed or died

Somme 1st day (Gommecourt)

 

 

9f

 

Gommecourt Wood

 

 

9h

 

France/Flanders

 

Yes

 

 

How he died

Killed in Action

 

Yes

9d, 9g

1, 8

Location of Grave or Memorial

Thiepval Memorial for the Missing

Pier and Face 14 B and 14 C.

Yes

 

 

 

Uttoxeter Town War Memorial

 

 

 

8

Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1911 Harry was living with Ernest and Sarah Elizabeth Brown. Ernest Brown was a farmer and Harry was his servant as a waggoner on the farm4d. He was single4d.

 

His mother lived in Balance Hill, Uttoxeter

 

He was a member of the Territorial Forces and was one of the first men to leave Uttoxeter for war. On the 29th August 1914, three weeks after the outbreak of war, he left Luton with the recruits for G Company, 1st/6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment8.

Harry was killed at Gommecourt on the first day of the battle of the Somme.

Writing to his parents, Private J. Marsh of the 1st-6th North Staffordshire Regiment said,

"He will not only be missed by me, but by all who knew him. He was always bright and merry, no matter where he was, and was always ready to face danger; in fact, he did not know what fear was. I have known him volunteer for listening post and other duties when it was not his turn.".

His officer also indicated in his letter that Harry had died in a charge on the enemy.

He has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

The Uttoxeter Advertiser published an extract from a letter that his parents had received from Private J. Marsh of the 1st-6th North Staffordshire Regiment9d:

"He will not only be missed by me, but by all who knew him. He was always bright and merry, no matter where he was, and was always ready to face danger; in fact, he did not know what fear was. I have known him volunteer for listening post and other duties when it was not his turn.".

His officer also indicated in his letter that Harry had died in a charge on the enemy9d.

In common with so many men who died on this day at Gommecourt, Harry has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

The Thiepval Memorial

 

Harrys family mourned his loss:

 

This touching notice was posted in the Uttoxeter Advertiser in July 19179f  to mark the first anniversary of his death

In Loving Memory of Lance-Corporal Harry Hodgkinson, who was killed at Gommecourt on July 1, 1916.

Could we have raised his dying head

And heard his last farewell,

The grief would not have been so hard

For us who loved him well.

- From his Loving Mother and Step-father.

 

This notice followed a year later in 19189g,  marking the second anniversary of his death

In Loving Memory of Lance-Corpl. Harry Hodgkinson, of Balance-hill, Uttoxeter, killed in action at Gommecourt, July 1, 1916.

Two years have passed, but still we miss him,

Never will his memory fade,

Loving thoughts will ever linger

Round the spot where he is laid.

- From his loving Mother, Step-Father, Sisters and Brothers.

 

This was posed in the Uttoxeter Advertiser in July 19199h to mark the third anniversary

In Loving Memory of Lance-Corpl. Harry Hodgkinson, killed at Gommecourt Wood, July 1, 1916.

He bravely answered dutys call,

He gave his life for one and all.

The unknown grave is the bitterest blow

None but aching hearts can know.

- From his loving Mother, Fathers, Brothers and Sisters, Balance-hill, Uttoxeter.