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Leslie Grosvenor Hodgkinson

Biography of Gunner Leslie Grosvenor Hodgkinson (20981)
“B” Bty, 58th Bde, Royal Field Artillery
Died 28th July 1917

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Leslie Grosvenor Hodgkinson

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Bourne, Lincolnshire England

Date of Birth registration:
Jan – Mar 1894

Place of Birth Registration:
Billingborough, Lincolnshire, England


No marriage for Leslie has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.


Father’s Name:
Charles Grosvenor Hodgkinson

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Grantham, Lincolnshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Journalist (unattached)

Mother’s Name:
Mary Ann Burrows

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Swinstead, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1893 Nottingham District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Leslie Grosvenor Hodgkinson, 1894, Billingborough
Charles Norman Hodgkinson, 1895, Billingborough
Thomas Basil Hodgkinson, 1897, Billingborough

1901 Census:
Leslie is living with his parents in the High Street, Billingborough, Lincolnshire

1911 Census:
Leslie is living with Fanny Nelson at 14 Mansfield Grove, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. The census gives him an age of 17 and he is listed as an insurance Clerk.

Relatives in services:
Leslie brother Charles served in the Royal Engineers but survived the war.

Newspaper Mentions

Grantham Journal Saturday 12th September 1914
LOCAL PATRIOTS – Several Billingborough and Horbling young men have rallied most patriotically to the nation’s call. Their names and the regiments in which they have enlisted are as follows:-H.J. Tebb, Royal Horse Artillery, R,W Tebb, Royal Horse Artillery and Herbert Tebb, 11th Hussars, sons of Mr. H. Tebb (Horbling); Leslie G Hodgkinson, Royal Field Artillery and C Norman Hodgkingson, Royal Engineers, sons of Mr. C.G. Hodgkinson; Ernest Smith, Royal Field Artillery and Albert Smith, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, sons of Mr. William Smith, Bootmaker. Mr Smith has also another son in the regular service, viz., Bandman Archie Smith, 3rd King’s Royal Rifles. The following have enlisted in Lord Kitchener’s New Army: – Fred Harrison, son of Mr. H.C. Harrison; Walter Nicholson, W. Carpenter (Horbling), Frank Corn, W. Watson (Horbling), Harris Ellingworth (Horbling), W. Swin (Horbling), H. Kemp (G.N. railway clerk, Billingborough), W. Birch and W.H. and J.F. Pattinson (Stow). Mr. John Marshall, hairdresser, who saw active service in the South African war, has also been accepted. The Yeomanry ranks include Erice Barber, son of All. J.S. Barber, of Rookfield. There are several others serving in the Regular Army. The recruits mentioned are in addition to the lads – mostly farm hands – who enlisted on Monday night.

Grantham Journal Thursday 24th December 1914
ROLL OF HONOUR- Several local members of Lord Kitchener’s New Army have been home on short leave last week and this, and others are to come after Christmas. In the majority of cases, the men look remarkably fit and well and have evidently benefited by their training. Here is a revised list of those serving their King and country:- Pte. H. Cook, Lincs. Regt. (wounded in battle): Pte H. Smith, 20th Hussars: Corpl. J.C. Johnson, Lincs. Regt.(wounded and invalided home); Pte A. Johnson, Lincs. Regt. Members of Kitchener’s Army:- A.L. Birch, Staffs. Regt.; F. Corn, Lincs. Regt.; R.S. Dawson, Royal Engineers; H. Everett, Yeomanry; H. Exton, Lincs. Regt.; G. Freeman, Army Service Corps; Leslie G. Hodgkinson, Royal Field Artillery; Norman Hodgkinson, Royal Engineers; Fred Harrison, Lincs. Regt.; Harold Hewitt, Army Service Corps; H. Johnson, Yorks Light Infantry; Harold Kemp, Lincs. Regt.; J.S. Marshall, Lincs. Regt.; Walter Nicholson, Lincs. Regt.; J. Rylott, Yeomanry; H. Tomlin, Staffs. Regt.; J. Pile, Yeomanry; Sid. ward, Yeomanry; J.S. Wilson, Yeomanry; N. Wing, Lincs. Regt.; G.C. Winckley, Public Schools and Universities Corps; C. Bates, Lincs. Regt.; J. Henfrey, Yeomanry; T. Stennett, Yeomanry; W. rippin, Yeomanry. Sergt. Albert E. Ward and Corpl Geo. H. Ward are in the band of the Royal Engineers.

Grantham Journal Saturday 21st August 1915
SUNSHINE AND FLIES- Writing from “Somewhere with the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force” Bombardier Leslie G Hodgkinson, of the R.F.A. gives some interesting particulars of the difficulties encountered by the troops. He says their greatest troubles are the intense heat and the pestering habit of the flies. There is one continuous blaze of sunshine from the rising to the setting of the orb, and the hottest days in England are not in it with the heat out there. there are myriads of flies, covering their food every time it is served, and pestering them at all times, more especially when they want to snatch a few hours’ sleep. The sand blows about in blinding clouds, covering everything and they must have eaten quite a lot with their food. Although we, in England, have been having record rains this summer, they have not seen a spot since they left England at the beginning of July. In spite of the discomforts, the general health of the troops is good, and a fine spirit of courage and determination pervades the lot of them.

Grantham Journal Saturday 23rd June 1917
ON LEAVE- Mr. C. G. Hodgkinson’s eldest son, Leslie who is in the R.F.A. has returned home this week for his first leave, after being abroad for two years. After going through the Gallipoli campaign, he was sent to Egypt for six months, prior to being transferred to France, where he has been fighting since June 1916. His battery was engaged in all the big battles on the Somme and although he saw severe fighting at Arras, La Boisselle, Pozieres, Thiepval, Courcellette, Le Says, Bapaume and Bullecourt, his worst experiences were in the Ypres Sector. With his Artillery officer, he went over the top with the infantry and tells some thrilling accounts of what he saw after the explosion of the mines. In spite of the long and arduous work he had had to perform and the privations and hardships suffered on the Gallipoli Peninsula , he looks very little the worse for his experiences.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Gunner Leslie Grosvenor Hodgkinson, 20981, Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery was killed in action on 28th July 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders..

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
Leslie’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal
The 15 Star

UK:Billingborough, Roll of Honour in Billingborough St Andrews Church

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Gunner Leslie Grosvenor Hodgkinson (20981)
“B” Bty, 58th Bde, Royal Field Artillery who died on 28 July 1917 Age 23
Son of Charles Grosvenor Hodgkinson and Mary A Hodgkinson, of Billingborough, Lincs
Remembered with honour, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

More information:

Military Service Timeline:

Leslie enlisted into the army at Nottingham in September 1914. He was assigned as a Gunner to the Royal Field Artillery and posted to the 58th Brigade.

The brigade was arranged in to four four-gun batteries and Leslie was posted to B Battery.

The brigade set sail in 1915 for their first overseas posting as part of the 11th (Northern) Division, arriving in Galipoli at Anzac Cove on the 9th August 1915. Within one week they were moved to the left flank of operations at Sulva Bay and command transferred to the 10th (Irish) Division.

The bridage remained in Galipoli until the 18th December 1915. Their next posting was Alexandria in Egypt, which is a familiar story for many brigades leaving Galipoi, reaching there on the 2nd January 1916 for a 6 month posting.

The brigade was next posted to France for the Somme offensive and Leslie’s battery was engaged in all the big battles on the Somme and he saw severe fighting at Arras, La Boisselle, Pozieres, Thiepval, Courcellette, Le Says, Bapaume and Bullecourt.

In late November 1916 each A, B, and C Batteries of the 58th Brigade Royal Field Artillery were expanded by a two-gun section.

The Brigade was then posted to the Ypres Salient and eventually Leslie managed to obtain home leave at the end of June 1917.

Leslie as promoted to the Rank of Bombadier at some point in his career, the Artillery equivalent of the rank of Corporal.

After the leave he returned to his battery on the Ypres Salient, unfortunately the diaries for the 58th Brigade for July 1917 are missing and so we do not know the final movements of the Battery before Leslie was killed in action.
On the 18th July 3000 guns were used in an artillery barrage which lasted over 10 days and was designed to weaken the enemy defences before the infantry attack commenced on the 31st July signifying the start of the battle of Passchendaele (3rd Battle of Ypres).

Leslie Hodgkinson was killed on the 28th July 1917.