George Henry Hodgett

Census Address: 20 St George's Street
Place of Birth: Stamford
Date of Birth: 1899
Enlistment Address: --
Regiment: 3rd then 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
Service Numbers: 51303
Place of Death: Kettering
Date Died: 1928
20 St George's Street, Stamford

George was the third son of John and Alice Hodgett, in 1911 he was 12, having been born in 1899 in Stamford. In 1911 he was still at school and on leaving school he entered the same trade as his brothers, working as a moulder apprentice in the engineering industry.

In July 1916 his eldest brother Arthur was killed in action on the Somme, older brother Herbert also served in the Army.

George enlisted voluntarily in Grantham on 10th April 1917 entering General Service. He was mobilised on 1st May 1917 joining as a Private (51303) the 3rd Lincolnshire Regiment on 17th May 1917. Several short postings followed including attachment to 246 P. O. W. Company on 4th April 1919.

Whilst on short leave he was admitted to Wothorpe RAF Military Hospital on 13th June 1919. He was then transferred to Grantham Military Hospital on 26th June and discharged for duty on 2nd July 1919. Reason for hospitalisation was not revealed! He was finally discharged from the 2nd Lincolnshire Battalion on 12th November 1919.

The family address later became 50 Scotgate, Stamford. This was the address given by George’s father John, as his next of kin.

In 1925 George married Violet Pothecary in Kettering, Northamptonshire and their son was born in Kettering in 1928. George died in Kettering in 1967.

Amendments and Addenda

George and Violet also had a daughter, Shirley Florence Amy Hodgett in 1935. They lived at 73 Fuller Street, Kettering nearly all their lives. Shirley married in 1953 – her husband had a car business, Church Street Autos, in Burton Latimer and they lived at The Yews, Burton Latimer with their two children Mark (born 1955) and Vivienne (born 1957).