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Private (G. E.) Leonard Hodgkins

201573 11th Battalion Essex Regiment

Son of Mr J Ernest & Mrs Harriett Hodgkins
Husband of Florence

Aged 24 years

Died 28th May 1918

Commemorated at Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery
Grave II. L.9.

silk memorial
A silk memorial
(with verse - right)
wedding day
Len & Florence 1916
’Tis hard to lose a husband dear,
Who gave his life without a fear,
For King and Country did his best;
And now he’s called away to rest.

His time had come, with comrades brave,
Who fought so true, their lives they gave;
A dear wife’s love in sorrow will remain,
Till Jesus calls us home to meet again.

35 Sartoris Road, Rushden, Northants.

Born at Rushden, enlisted Kettering, resided Rushden.

George Ernest Leonard Hodgkins, son of Ernest and Harriett, of Oswald Road, aged 23, a shoehand He married Florence Hilda Martin, daughter of William and Ellen, aged 22, a shoehand, of Sartoris Road, on 16th September 1916, at St Mary’s Church.

Florence was born at Irchester, and remained a widow.

Rushden Echo, June 7th, 1918, transcribed by Greville Watson

Rushden’s Casualty List

We are sorry to learn that Mr and Mrs E. Hodgkins, of 15, Oswald-road, Rushden, have heard unofficially that their eldest son, Pte. Leonard Hodgkins, of the Essex Regiment, has died of wounds.  The sad news is sent by Pte. W. Seamarks, of Irthlingborough, of the same regiment, who, writing to his wife, says: “I am sorry to have to write this sad news that Len Hodgkins is dead.  He got wounded and died on the way to the dressing station.  I was talking to him a little while before it happened; tell his parents and wife I send my deepest sympathy in their sad loss.  It was on May 28th that it happened.”  The late Pte. Hodgkins, who was 24 years of age, leaves a widow and one little daughter to mourn their loss.  He joined the Colours on January 7, 1917, and proceeded to France in the following May.  In September last year he was sent home to Blighty with trench fever, and remained in England until April last, returning to the Western Front on Easter Wednesday.  Up to the time of enlistment he was employed by Messrs. A. Sargent and Sons, boot manufacturers, Rushden.  As a lad he passed through St. Mary’s Sunday School, Rushden, and for many years was a member of the Rushden Church Lads’ Brigade, in which organisation he took a great interest.  He was also a member of the Rushden Church Institute Football Club.  Mr and Mrs Hodgkins will be grateful to any of their son’s comrades who can send them any further news concerning him.
Rushden Echo, June 14th, 1918, transcribed by Greville Watson

Rushden’s Casualty List - Men Killed, Wounded, and Gassed

Official news has now been received by Mr and Mrs E. Hodgkins, of 15, Oswald-road, Rushden, stating that their son, Pte. Leonard Hodgkins, Essex Regiment, died of wounds in France on May 28th.  The deceased was 24 years of age.  Mr and Mrs Hodgkins wish to thank kind friends for sympathy in their bereavement.

1922 letter with medals
1922 letter enclosed with his medals

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