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  • Photo showing John William Hodson's name commemorated on the Le Touret memorial, courtesy of Alan Laurie
Person Details
Morton,Lincolnshire (SDGW)
John was born in 1892 in Morton,Lincolnshire and was the son of William and Ellen Hodson nee Collins.He had 5 siblings By the time of his death his mother had remarried and became Ellen Ryves, and lived at 33, West St, Retford, Notts. William and Ellen lost two sons during the Great War his brother Edward Linton died the day before him on 09/03/15. In the 1901 census we find that he is already in the army and as a private and is with the 1st battalion Lincolnshire Regiment who are on a tour of Arabia, Cyprus, and Gibraltar
10 Mar 1915
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Private
Lincolnshire Regiment
In the Retford Times under the headline A HERO’s DEATH How a Retford Lad Died the following appears “Mr & Mrs Ryves of West Street, Retford received the following by way of the description of the death of their son Private John William (Jack) Hodson of the Lincolns who died fighting for his country on 10th March 1915. “One morning his regiment was being relieved. I got into conversation with a sergeant and as luck would have it he was Jack’s sergeant and he gave him a good character. He said he died a hero’s death. It happened one morning when one of Jack’s mates was repairing a parapet and was shot by the Germans. Jack saw him fall and went to help him and got shot himself. The sergeant did praise him and said what a good lad he was and how he died a hero’s death.” Sadly Mr & Mrs Ryves lost another son Private Ted Hodson of the Army Cyclist Corps and like Jack is remembered on Le Touret Memorial. A third son John served as a stoker on the HMS Cherwell and survived the war. John has no known grave but is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial.
Roy Beadley, a current member of Grove Street Methodist Church, has provided the information that John William Hodson was born in West Street, Retford and was a half-brother to the late Mrs Gwen Bredley, Roy’s mother. Further information provided courtesy of Alan Laurie
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  • Photo showing John William Hodson's name commemorated on the Le Touret memorial, courtesy of Alan Laurie
    John William Hodson - Photo showing John William Hodson's name commemorated on the Le Touret memorial, courtesy of Alan Laurie
  • photo shows the Le Touret memorial, France upon which John William Hodson's name is commemorated, photo courtesy of the CWGC
    John William Hodson - photo shows the Le Touret memorial, France upon which John William Hodson's name is commemorated, photo courtesy of the CWGC