Wednesday 27 March 2013

Private Geoffrey Mitchell Hodgson

Born on 10 June 1892 in Winchester, Hampshire, England - next of Kin listed as Reverend J.H. Hodgson, Crowthorne, Berkshire, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as Bank of Montreal clerk, single, currently a member of the 3rd Victoria Rifles (three months), no previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 6 inches, chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, grey eyes, black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 20 March 1915 (number 410993) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - killed in action on 14 October 1915 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Hodgson's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" Register,

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