Frederick Hodgkiss

Frederick Hodgkiss was born in Kearsley, Lancashire on 14 March 1887.

He was the son of Samuel John and Matilda Hodgkiss.

His father, Samuel John Hodgkiss, was a builder with a home and premises on Castle Street, Farnworth. He died in 1909. His mother, Matilda, had died in 1902.

Frederick attended Bolton Church Institute from 15 March 1894.

His siblings Samuel Lee (from 1893) and Clara (from 1901 to about 1906) also attended the School.

He appears on the 1911 Census as a 'joiner, builder and contractor employing others', having taken over his late father’s firm.

He married Sarah Ann Wolfendale at St Thomas's Church, Dixon Green, Farnworth on 3 Jun 1912. They had one son, Wilfred Hodgkiss, born in 1917.

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Frederick's War

On 29 September 1918 Frederick was wounded when attached to 4th Battalion, the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, during the battles to capture the Hindenburg Line.

He died on 8 October 1918, just five weeks before the Armistice.

 

“Fallen in the Fight: Farnworth and Kearsley Men who died in the Great War"
by Neil and Sue Richardson, published 1990

He attended St Peter’s Church, Farnworth, played cricket for the Parish Church and Clifton CC, was in the Conservative Club billiards team and a good shot.

Frederick joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as Private 16944 in 1914. He arrived in France on 17 July 1915 and saw action at Loos, La Boiselle and Contalmaison. His roles were sniper and Lewis Gunner and he was wounded by shrapnel.

In 1917 he returned to England to train as an officer. He received a commission and was gazetted to his old regiment on 30 January 1918.

Frederick was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in the field at Moeuvres, on 7 and 9 September 1918, re-taking a trench.

London Gazette
11 January 1919

Citation for Military Cross:

2nd Lt. Frederick Hodgkiss, 3rd Bn., N. Lanc. R, attd. 2/4th Bn. (T.F.).

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during three days' fighting. In an attack on a village he collected and organised a number of men belonging to another company and led them forward with his platoon. Later he dashed up to an enemy machine gun, and with their own stick grenades wounded all the crew, personally throwing forty grenades and accounting for seven of the enemy. He set a fine example to all around him.

 

 

 

 

Frederick Hodgkiss

Frederick Hodgkiss

2nd Lieutenant

3rd Battalion attached to 2nd/4th Battalion
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Born: Kearsley, Lancashire 14 March 1887

Died: France 8 October 1918

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