Captain John Hodgson.

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Royal Air Force.

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in the London Gazette of 31 December 1918.

Awarded the Italian Silver Medal for Military Valour in the London Gazette of 2 November 1918.

Hodgson was a native of Brierfield, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express of 18 January 1919 reported, MILITARY HONOURS FOR BRIERFIELD MAN. Captain John Hodgson, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. . Hodgson, of 66, Walter Street, Brierfield, joined up in 1915 in the Sick Berth Reserve. He was at that time local secretary of the Brierfield St. John's Ambulance Corps. He went to Chatham, where shortly after he was given the post of writer on the Number 1, Ambulance Train. From this position he transferred to the Royal Naval Air Service in January of 1917, and was made 2/Lieutenant, followed soon after by a full lieutenancy. He went out to Italy in January of 1918, and in September of 1918 he was awarded the Silver Star and Blue Ribbon (Medaille d'argent por Valore Militaire). Following this distinction, in November of last year he was promoted Captain, and in the following month was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for work done against the enemy. Prior to joining up he was employed by Messrs. John S. Veevers Ltd, of Brierfield. Captain John Hodges, DFC, had won distinction in his own branch of business, having won a scholarship at Nelson for the Manchester School of Technology, tenable for three years, and while pursuing his studies at the college won a silver medal for ability in technical subjects. He was connected with Brierfield Wesleyan Sunday School, and very popular in the town.