Private Rudolph Hodgson
10181 2nd East Lancashire Regiment
Killed in Action 4th February 1915
Lived at 36 Raglan Road
Buried in Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, France
Burnley Express 24/02/1915 (P)

Burnleys Great War Centenary Adopted by: Elliot Matura
Burnley Youth Council


Coming with his regiment, the 2nd East Lancashires, from their South African station, to the Expeditionary Forces in France, Pte. Rudolph Hodgson was able to just slip home for a day, between landing in England, and setting forth again. Now his widowed mother has received word that he has been killed at a place not named. The date of his death, the 4th of February, tragically enough, coincides with the date of the demise of his father exactly ten years before. The War Office notice was received by Mrs. Hodgson at her home 36 Raglan-road, Burnley, on Sunday afternoon.
The late Pte. Hodgson was very well known in the Trinity district. He was an old day and Sunday scholar at Sandygate, and he was also familiar to St. Matthew’s Church people. He had been in the East Lancashire’s in South Africa for some time, and landing in England about the beginning of November was almost straightaway sent to France. How he met his death is not stated.
His two elder brothers have both been in the Army and both went through the Boer War, in that campaign one was wounded and the other was stricken down with enteric. The elder brother at the end of that war, decided to remain in South Africa and is now a sergeant-major in the South African Mounted Rifles. As such he has been in action against the rebels during the recent unrest at the Cape.




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