23rd April 1890 - 27th June 1917 (age 27)
1st/4th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment
The following items appeared in the Yorkshire Gazette:
26th May 1917
Pte.Tom Hodgson son of Mr & Mrs W. Hodgson of Railway Terrace, Thirsk has been wounded in the thigh by shrapnel. He was one of the boys who did so well on Easter Monday. He has been in France for a year, formerly working on the N.E.R. He is 22 years of age and is the youngest of five brothers in the Army.
28th July 1917
Patriotic Sowerby Family
News has been received that Lance Corpl. H.Hodgson, son of Mr & Mrs W.Hodgson of Railway-tce, Sowerby, Thirsk, was killed in action in France on 27 June. He was home on leave last Christmas after being wounded. Previous to joining the forces he worked for nine years for the lord of the manor at Thirsk. He came off a patriotic family, two of his brothers being in Salonica, one is wounded and at present in Sheffield Hospital, and another is in training at Aldershot.
William Hodgson, a cabinet maker, and his wife Sarah, lived at 16 Railway Terrace where they had 8 children who all survived to adulthood. As can be seen from the news items above, five of their six sons served in the Army in the Great War. Their youngest son Tom, who worked as a draper, was wounded in April 1917 and was still in hospital when Herbert died of wounds 3 months later. Herbert had been a woodman at the manor in Thirsk and he enlisted into the Yorkshire Regiment in Northallerton. He lies in St. Martin Calvaire British Cemetery, St. Martin-Sur-Cojeul, plot 1.B.24.
The information on this page was compiled by Steve Billings.
Information about Herbert Hodgson on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Information about Herbert Hodgson on the War Graves Photographic Project website
Information about Herbert Hodgson on the Yorkshire Regiment - First World War Remembrance website
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