Arthur Hodgett

Census Address: 20 St George's Street
Place of Birth: Stamford
Date of Birth: 1899
Enlistment Address: --
Regiment: 4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
Service Numbers: 17890
Place of Death: --
Date Died: --
20 St George's Street, Stamford

In 1911 Arthur was 18 years old,  he was born in 1892 in Stamford. His parents were John and Alice (nee Smith Fishpool) Hodgett. His father was employed as a driller in an engineering works making machines. In 1911 the family including 6 surviving siblings were living at 20 St George’s Street, Stamford (also their address in 1901). Arthur was the eldest. The whole family had been born in Stamford. Arthur was a moulderer’s labourer. His younger brother, Herbert, was also an engineering moulder.

Hannescamps Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

Hannescamps Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

Details of Arthur’s early military service have not been found, but the information given in recording his death provide an outline. Private Arthur Hodgett (Reg. No.17890) was enlisted into 4th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment. He was posted to France/ Flanders in the Expeditionary Force. This is where he was killed in action on 4th July 1916 at the age of 21. This was during the early days of the Somme Offensive, a battle fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the River Somme in France. The battle was one of the largest of World War I, in which more than 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles.. The main part of the offensive was to be made by the French Army, supported on the northern flank by the Fourth Army of the British Expeditionary Force.

He was buried in the Hannescamps New British Cemetery , Hannescamps , Departement du Pas-de-Calais, France – Plot: B. 5.

He was awarded the British, Victory Medals and the 1915 Star.

Arthur is also remembered on the Stamford War Memorial and the St. John’s Roll of Honour