Lance Corporal
Leonard Hodson


About Leonard

  • Name
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
  • Birth town
    Rushden Northamptonshire
  • Resided town
    Rushden, Northamptonshire
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
    Lance Corporal
  • Regiment
    Northamptonshire Regiment


Leonard Hodson was born in 1896, and lived with parents Charles and Charlotte in Crabb Street, Rushden, Northamptonshire.  By 1911, the family were all involved in the footwear industry.

In 1913, while working for Hinson Bros, Leonard enlisted into the Territorial Force 4th Northamptonshire Regiment.  This early participation before the war and subsequent overseas service, led to his eligibility for the Territorial Force War Medal.

In August 1916, he joined the British Expeditionary Force, travelling from Folkstone to Boulogne.  Once there he transferred to the Durham Light Infantry with whom he fought until being wounded in the forearm in April 1917.  He returned to service in June 1917, but in late September he received serious wounds to the scalp, thigh and hand.  He returned to the UK in October 1917.  In December 1917, he married Winifred Sumpter from Rushden and remained in England until discharged at the end of the war.

Leonard was one of four brothers from Rushden who fought in WW1.  Charles, Ernest and Fred emigrated to Canada in 1912, but returned to serve in the war.  Charles was killed in 1915, Ernest was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1917, and Fred was awarded the Military Medal, again in 1917.

In 1927, Leonard, Winifred and their children Baden (5) and Doreen (6) emigrated to Australia aboard the ‘Jervis Bay’ landing at Brisbane.  In 1946, Leonard and Winifred returned to England once more to settle in Alfred Street, Rushden.  By 1949 however, they are back in Australia where they remained until at least 1977.  No further records for the family have been located after 1977.

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