Note: N119 aka “Rex”
Gazetted Capt Feb 1916, Royal Field Artillery.
He died on the first day of the 2nd battle of the Somme.
MCC MEMBERS WORLD WAR 1 MEMORIAL
The memorial is to be found on the top staircase of the Lord’s pavilion and takes the form of a nowy-headed wooden board with gold lettering that is accompanied by a framed print giving details of membership, date elected, date of death and place of burial. The club emblem can be found at the top of the board. There are 330 names listed.:
HODGSON Reginald Drury, Captain, 82nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 21st March 1918. Aged 38. Brother of Mr. B. H. Hodgson, of 6, Keble Rd., Oxford. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 7 to 10.
Extract from du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:
HODGSON, REGINALD DRURY, Capt., 82nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, yst. s. of the late Henry John Hodgson, Master of the Supreme Court of Judicature, by his wife, Amy Josephine (6, Keble Road, Oxford), dau. of the Venerable Archdeacon Drury; b. South Kensington, London, S.W., 18 Dec. 1879; educ. Bilton Grange, Rugby; Radley College, and University College, Oxford (Honours in Mods., Lit. Hum.); was a Barrister-at-Law; went to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1911, and became a member of the Columbian Bar; volunteered for active service on the outbreak of war, and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. The Royal Field Artillery in Oct. 1914; promoted Lieut. 19 Dec. following, and Capt. 26 Feb. 1916; served with the Expeditionary Forces in Egypt, Serbia and Salonika from 1915; proceeded to France 16 Nov. 1917, being attached to the 82nd Brigade there, and was killed in action at the battle between Arras and Le Fire 21 March, 1918; unm.
The POZIERES MEMORIAL relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and the months that followed before the Advance to Victory, which began on 8 August 1918. The Memorial commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who died on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918. The Corps and Regiments most largely represented are The Rifle Brigade with over 600 names, The Durham Light Infantry with approximately 600 names, the Machine Gun Corps with over 500, The Manchester Regiment with approximately 500 and The Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery with over 400 names. The memorial encloses POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY, Plot II of which contains original burials of 1916, 1917 and 1918, carried out by fighting units and field ambulances. The remaining plots were made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields immediately surrounding the cemetery, the majority of them of soldiers who died in the Autumn of 1916 during the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme, but a few represent the fighting in August 1918. There are now 2,755 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,375 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 23 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery and memorial were designed by W.H. Cowlishaw, with sculpture by Laurence A. Turner.The memorial was unveiled by Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien on 4 August 1930.
No. of Identified Casualties: 14,679.
The 82nd Battalion was part of the 18th (Eastern) Division.
The 18th (Eastern) Division was established by the Eastern Command in September 1914, as part of the Army Orders authorising Kitchener's Second New Army, K2. Early days were somewhat chaotic, the new volunteers having very few trained officers and NCOs to command them, no organised billets or equipment. The units of the Division initially concentrated in the Colchester area but moved in May 1915 to Salisbury Plain. King George V inspected the Division on 24 June.
Embarkation for France began on 24 July and units moved to assemble near Flesselles, completing concentration there five days later.
The Division served on the Western Front for the remainder of the war, taking part in many of the significant actions:
The Battle of Albert* in which the Division captured its objectives near Montauban
The Battle of Bazentin Ridge* in which the Division captured Trones Wood
The Battle of Delville Wood*
The Battle of Thiepval Ridge*
The Battle of the Ancre Heights* in which the Division played a part in the capture of the Schwaben Redoubt and in the capture of Regina Trench
The Battle of the Ancre*
The battles marked * are phases of the Battles of the Somme 1916
Operations on the Ancre (notably Miraumont and the capture of Irles)
The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line
The Third Battle of the Scarpe, a phase of the Arras offensive
The Battle of Pilkem Ridge***
The Battle of Langemarck***
First Battle of Passchendaele***
The Second Battle of Passchendaele***
The battles marked *** are phases of the Third Battles of Ypres
The Battle of St Quentin (21 – 23 March 1918) (first phase of the First Battles of the Somme 1918)
Mentioned as being of Inner Temple in the “Weekly Notes (Incorporated Council of Law Reporting)” of 1903 and 1905.
Member of Lloyd’s 1907.
Note: 1901 census
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