Lt Isaac Harvey Hodgson 2nd Btn Border Rgt

Lt Isaac Harvey Hodgson 2nd Btn Border Rgt

Postby Steve » Tue May 05, 2009 5:48 pm

Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, Saturday April 20 1916

Lt  Isaac Harvey Hodgson 2nd Btn Border RgtAnother chapter in Keswick`s history has prematurely closed with the writing of this to the life of Lt Harvey Hodgson, Border Regiment, who has died of wounds received in France.  The youngest son of Mr and Mrs Isaac Hodgson, he was educated first under his uncle, the late T. E. Highton, Brigham School, and then under the Rev Cecil Grant and Mr C. E. Hudson at Keswick School.

Afterwards he was articled to Mr Joseph Broatch, solicitor, Keswick, and his keen sense of duty and spirit of perseverance developed a clear and strong intellect which stood him in good stead in the profession he had chosen, and everything pointed to a to make a name for himself beyond the borders of his native county. He was no mere bookworm, Whipping the streams fly fishing, or crossing the fells after the hounds were delightful recreations to him, and he was the life and soul of the Keswick Rugby football team, for his push and energy won success to his side again and again. " Look after the ball, I'll see to the player," was his constant advice to his fellow players ; and he certainly did not know what fear was. Yet he was most sensitive to praise and had a great antipathy to anything in the way of public commendation.

When war broke out he at once, realized the gravity of his country's position, and as soon as his studies permitted him he threw his heart and soul into the recruiting campaign in the Keswick district, and with his brother, Capt. Charles John Hodgson, who was killed last June in Gallipoli, he persuaded the flower of Keswick youth to enlist, so that in One week the town saw sixty of its sons join the 8th Border.

His assiduity soon gained him promotion, and he accepted a commission in the 10th Border Regiment.  He was very eager for real active service, obtained transfers to the 3rd Border and later to the 1st, so that he could get quickly to the firing line. With the 1st Border he went to the Dardanelles and was; dangerously wounded in August 1915, at Sulva Bay, and was invalided home, he was keen to return to duty. As soon as he could walk about well, he was " in harness again," and refusing " soft jobs" and, battling with short-sightedness, he went to France in February with the 2nd Border Regiment.  On Thursday last week he was wounded in the head and though carried to a dressing station behind the lines he died without recovering consciousness. He was buried on Good Friday by an English chaplain; the sad news arrived, on Saturday from the War Office, and cast gloom over his family and friends both old and young, who sympathise most deeply with his relatives for the great sacrifice they are being called upon to make.
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Re: Lt Isaac Harvey Hodgson 2nd Btn Border Rgt

Postby Fozzie » Wed May 06, 2009 9:22 am

Thanks for that Steve......he certainly saw service with quite a few of the Border battalions. I see that he lost his brother the year before at Gallipoli.When I come to doing the War Diary for April 1916, I will keep a look out for Lt. Hodgsons' name.Fozzie
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Re: Lt Isaac Harvey Hodgson 2nd Btn Border Rgt

Postby Steve » Wed May 06, 2009 4:01 pm

FozzieCaptain John Charles Hodgeson KIA 28th June 1915 age 33 ( CWWG says 10th ) Border Rgt Commemerated on the Helles Memorial.Steve
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