Francis Dodgson

Name

Francis Dodgson

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

10/07/1916
27

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Captain
Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales' Own)
8th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No.2
XXVIII. K. 8.
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Memorial Plaque, St Lawrence Church, Bovingdon
Individual Plaque, St Lawrence Church, Bovingdon
Memorial Plaque, Memorial Hall, Bovingdon
Marlborough College Memorial Hall Trinity College, Cambridge
Memorial Stock Exchange Memorial Roll

Pre War

Born on 10 May 1889 and baptised on 15 Jun 1889 in Hampstead, London son of Henley Frederick and Helen (German) Dodgson later of The Green Lodge, Bovingdon. Educated at Marlborough College 1902-07 and Trinity College, Cambridge, BA 1911 and then became a stockbroker in the family firm. He was due to marry Marjorie Secretan on his next leave.

Wartime Service

Obtained his commission 2nd Lieutenant in Sep 1914, he entered France on 26 Aug 1915 and was promoted to Captain in May 1916 commanding “B” Company. He was killed in action leading his company in the assault on Contalmaison on the Somme. His original grave marker, a wooden cross, and that of his brother, are in Salisbury Cathedral and there is a stone memorial in the field where he fell close to Contalmaison erected by his mother.

Additional Information

Brother of Captain Guy Dodgson who was killed in action on 14 Nov 1918 and is also commemorated on these memorials. He features 'Marjorie's War. Four Families in the Great War 1914-1918' by Reginald and Charles Fair. He also appears to be listed on Thiepval Memorial, but this needs checking.

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson, Jonty Wild
Jonty Wild