Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
2nd Lieutenant George Cedric HODGKINSON
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Lieutenant George Cedric Hodgkinson. Yorkshire Regiment.
Attached to 8th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment. Son of Reginald Edward
Hodgkinson, J.P. and Margaret Jane Hodgkinson, of Moorseats, Hathersage, Sheffield.
Born at Rotherham. Educated at Clifton College, 1st Cricket XI in 1914. Gazetted
2nd Lt.1915. 8th Bn. York and Lancaster Regt. 1914, went to France. Killed
4 July 1916. Aged 20.
Buried HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE.
From "Officers of the Green Howards 1688 - 1931"
by M L Ferrar, the following biographical notes are given;-
"Born at Rotherham 7 January 1896, youngest son of Reginald Edward Hodgkinson, Solicitor, of Rotherham.
2nd Lieutenant 4 April 1916.
Was appointed to a regular commission from the 8th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, to which he was gazetted as a temporary 2nd Lieutenant, 11 November 1914. With this battalion he served in France from 27 August 1915 and remained with it until his death. He saw a lot of heavy trench fighting south of Armentieres, Bois Grenin, La Boutillerie, and Fleurbaix. He was wounded 1 July 1916 in the attack on Mouquet Farm."
(These biographical notes indicate that although he was gazetted to the Yorkshire Regiment in April 1916, he didn't actually serve with them.)
Robert Coulson in his biographical notes on Officers
of the Yorkshire Regiment who die din the First World War wrote;-
"George Hodgkinson was born in Rotherham on January 7th 1896, the son of a local solicitor.
He was educated at Clifton College between 1911 and October 1914, where he excelled at most sports, especially cricket.
He served in the UK with one of the home battalions of the Yorkshire Regiment before being attached to the 8th York and Lancasters with whom he was commissioned in 1915.
He died during the Battle of the Somme being wounded on July 1st 1916 in an attack on Ovillers and dying three days later on July 4th 1916 aged just 20.
Lt George Cedric Hodgkinson is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery at Mericourt-L’abbe.
He was the son of Reginald Edward Hodgkinson JP and Margaret Jane Hodgkinson of Moorseats, Hathersage in Sheffield."
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