William was born in Thorne, Doncaster in 1884.
At 7 saw William living in Boarding House Levels, Thorne. Doncaster with his father William Wright who was a shepherd, mother Emma, sister Mary and brother Edward. Where he attended the “Black Bull” School.
At the time of the 1901 census the family had moved to 35 Mutual Street, Hexthorpe Emma was now a widow. William worked as a Railway Shunter for Lincoln Wagon Works. In the 1911 census the family still lived at the same address and William was still a Railway Shunter.
William then emigrated to Australia as he enlisted on the 29th June, 1916, and took the oath on 29th September 1916 at Brisbane, Queensland. Australia. His trade was that of a Carter. On the 17th January, 1916 William embarked H.M.A.T. “Kyarra” A55 from Brisbane and disembarked at Plymouth on 30th January, 1917. On the 22nd May, 1917 he proceeded overseas to France via Southampton with the 4th Training Battalion. On the following day (23rd) William was Taken on Strength, Etaples. Marched out to the 16th Battalion on 8th June, 1917 and four days later on the 12th June he was Taken on Strength from Reinforcements. William then was wounded in action on the 28th September, 1917 with shrapnel wound to the head, and to his left arm he was admitted to the Casualty Clearing Station at Etaples. He was then moved to Wimereau, near Boulonge on the 2nd October, 1917. However a day later William sadly died of his wounds.
On September 26th, 1917 his unit captured a German position and dug themselves in. On the 28th.September 1917 they where to be relieved, but came under an intense bombardment from the German artillery and a shell dropped close to the deceased. A comrade and himself were wounded and while his comrade is now in hospital in this country. Private Hodson’s wounds proved fatal. He was 34 years of age and a single man.
William’s awards are. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, The Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll.
William is buried at Wimereu Military Cemetery. Near Boulogne. France. Grave Reference: VI. B. 34A..
The Hospital Ship Kyarra berthed at Alexandria. Kyarra operated as a hospital ship from November 1914 to March 1915 when she was converted to a troop ship. After service in many parts of the world she was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel on 26 May 1918. This the ship William left Australia on and headed to war.
My last will and testament.In the event of my death I give all Army pay due to me, also all money allotted by me to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Namely three shillings per day from the 17th of November 1916 up to my death. To Mary Hodson (My Sister) No 90 Cleveland Street, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England.
William’s effects. Ex. 3rd Echelon, France (4663) 12.11.17. Wallet, Belt, Photos, Postcards, 2 keys.
Letter from Base Records To Gilbert Hodson concerning William’s death and burial.
6th April 1918Dear Sir,With reference to the report of the regrettable loss of your brother, the late no.6786 Private W.Hodson, 15th Battalion, I am now in receipt of advice which shows that he died at No.32 Stationary Hospital Wimereux, France, on 3/10/17, of wounds (shell wounds head and left arm) received in action, and was buried at Wimereux Military Cemetery, on 5/10/17. The British Government has appointed a National Committee to care for the graves of our officers and men after the War, and has, in agreement with the French Government, undertaken to provide for their maintenance in perpetuity. The Cemeteries as a whole are grass-sown and planted with shrubs, where Military conditions allow, under the advice of the Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Their maintenance is under the supervision of officers of the Graves Registration Units. In every case a durable wooden cross is erected showing complete regimental particulars. It is understood photographs of the graves are being taken as soon is possible and these will be transmitted to the next-of-kin.
These additional details are furnished by direction, it being the policy of the Department to forward all information received in connexion with deaths of members of the Australia Imperial Force.
Officer i/c Base Records.
Below is a picture of William