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Hodgson, Richard Eveleigh (1894-1918)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: Richard Eveleigh Hodgson (1894-1918), born 12 March 1894 at Abbeylands, Cheap Street, Sherborne, Dorset, son of Charles Herbert Hodgson (Assistant Master at Sherborne School, Dorset) and Leonora Mary Cicelia Hodgson (née Saunders) of Wharton, Acreman Street, Sherborne, Dorset, later of Flat 3, 4, Bodorgan Road, Bournemouth.

Brother of Francis Herbert Hodgson (1896-1918), pilot in the RFC accidentally killed on 19 November 1918 whilst on a trial flight over Elincourt, France.

Engaged to Violet Mabel Grimley of St Crispin’s, The Avenue, Sherborne.


Attended St Christopher's preparatory school, Eastbourne.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1908-July 1913; Scholar; 6th form; English Essay prize 1912, 1913; Parsons Prize 1913; Prefect; Head of School; 1st XI cricket team 1911, 1912, 1913 (captain); Colour Sergeant in OTC. Appeared as Ferguson in Alec Waugh's novel 'The Loom of Youth' (1917)


Member of the M.C.C.


Attended New College, Oxford; Lance Corporal in the Oxford University OTC.


WW1, gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in The King's (Liverpool Regiment), 4th Bn. in September 1914; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from May 1915 and was invalided back to England in April 1917 to undergo an operation for appendicitis. On recovery joined the Royal Air Force; obtained his Wings in July 1918. Returned to France in August 1918 and was killed by gunfire from the ground whilst flying near Dunkirk on 15 September 1918, his first action over the enemy trenches,

Buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery, II. K. 17.


Commemorated at:

Coxyde Military Cemetery, II. K. 17,%20RICH...


Sherborne town war memorial.


Hodgson family grave in Sherborne town cemetery.


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; plaque in the School Chapel

C.H. Hodgson donated £50 towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of his son, Lt. R.B. Hodgson.

C.H. Hodgson donated two books to the school library in memory of his son, R.E. Hodgson: C. Suetonius Tranquillus, Et in Eum Commentarius. Edited by Johann Schild. Printed by Franciscus Hackius, 1667 (4th ed.), and APPOLONIUS RHODIUS, Agronautica Book 4. Edited by John Shaw. Oxford, 1779 (2nd ed.).


An extract from the sermon given by Nowell Charles Smith, the Headmaster of Sherborne School, on the first Sunday of the Michaelmas term 1918: 'Even on the very eve of our term fell the shadow of a loss of peculiar poignancy for all to whom Sherborne School is home as well as school. Richard Hodgson, who was Head of the School and Captain of the XI was killed in action over the German trenches. The son of one who has long been second to none in the affections of many generations of Shirburnians, and betrothed to the sister of a schoolfellow, also on active service, who with her parents is intimate with many of us here - his death arouses in us both the sense of loss and regret - Tam cari capitis! - and a special degree of sympathy with those to whom the loss is so much nearer. Like so many others in this war, he has indeed given his life for honour and duty, for his country and the cause, - the more so since war itself had no glamour for his gentle and sensitive temperament.'

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