Harry John Hodgins


Harry John Hodgins


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

East Surrey Regiment
1st Bn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


Panel 34.


>He has no Headstone. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial to the missing in Belgium.

UK Memorials

St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey, Oxhey War Memorial, St John The Baptist Church, Pinner, Middx.

Pre War

Harry John Hodgins, born at Hatch End, Middlesex, on 19th January 1894, was the son of Walter William Hodgins, a domestic coachman, and his wife Elizabeth Hodgins (nee Tibbles).

1901 Census records Harry aged 7 living with his parents, elder brother William 10, at Woodridge, Pinner, Middlesex.

Harry was employed by the London & North Western Railway Company in January 1909 as a railway porter.

In 1911 Harry had left home and was living as a lodger at 61 Grover Road, Oxhey, with the Wilson family, within walking distance of Bushey railway station where he worked as a Porter. When Harry enlisted, he was a ticket collector at Watford Station.  

Wartime Service

Harry enlisted in Harrow, Middlesex, posted to the East Surrey Regiment with the service number 3529. On completion of his training he landed in France in February 1915 and served on the Western Front.

He was killed in action two months later on 20 April 1915, he has no known grave and is  remembered with honour on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.

He is commemorated on the memorial at St Matthew’s Church, Oxhey as Hodgins, H.

Additional Information

The value of his effects were £7-1s-2d, Pay Owing and £3, War Gratuity, which went to his father Walter. After his death he was recorded as the son of Walter William Hodgins, of the Lodge, New Dove House, Hatch End, Middx. Information provided with kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit www.bushey


Stuart Osborne
Dianne Payne - www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk, Jonty Wild