Hodges, Harry Burden (1895-1915)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Harry Burden Hodges (1895-1915), born 13 November 1895 at Newtonreda, Belfast, son of John Frederick William Hodges, JP, and Mary Hodges (nee Burden) of Glenravel House, Glenravel, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Grandson of the late Professor John Frederick Hodges, M.D., Queen's College, Belfast.
Attended Mostyn House, Cheshire.
Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1910-July 1914; 6th form; 1st XV rugby football team 1913; Public Schools Boxing (cup and silver medal).
Entered Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in August 1914.
WW1, Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion, on 23 December 1914. Went to France on 6 March 1915. Killed in action at Hill 60 near Ypres on 18 April 1915.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 47 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1614380/HODGES,%20HEN...
Sherborne Preparatory School Roll of Honour www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/28163613991...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey House roll of honour.
His Colonel wrote that he fell "Gallantly leading his men in a charge against the Germans." The regiment lost six officers killed and seven wounded that night, and as they were forced to retire before they had time to bring in the dead and wounded and Hill 60 fell to the Germans shortly afterwards, his body was not recovered. He was a keen golfer and footballer, and had won several medals for swimming and life-saving. He also won the light-weight championship at the Public Schools Boxing Competition at Aldershot in April 1914. HIs elder brother, Captain J.F. Hodges, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, was wounded at St Eloi, and was mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette, 22 June 1915) and awarded the Military Cross, 24 June 1915.