John Hodgson, Private 2388, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died 9th August 1915 in Gallipoli
John Hodgson was born on 19th December 1894 in Macclesfield, the son of Margaret Ann and Albert Hodgson, a house decorator of 42 Albion Street, Macclesfield.
In 1901, six year old John was living at 33 Byrons Lane with his parents and siblings Ethel (16), Esther (15), Hannah (13), George (10), Mary (9) and baby Harry (9 months). Ten years later the family had moved to 17 Lord Street, and John had another sister, Elsie, aged 8.
John was educated at Lord Street School from the age of 3, attaining standard grade IV, and after leaving school and finding employment as an embroiderer he enrolled at Macclesfield Technical School on 27th September 1909 to further his education. John later worked as a machinist at the Sunderland Street Slipper Works.
John attested at Macclesfield, joining the 7th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.
Following a period of training in various locations in the south of England, the 7th Cheshires, as part of 159th Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division, received orders to equip for service in an undisclosed location in the Mediterranean. In July 1915 they sailed from Devonport to Alexandria in Egypt, then on to the island of Lemnos on the 4th August.
On the evening of 8th August, the Battalion arrived off the coast of Gallipoli and the following day landed at “C” Beach, Suvla Bay. Having landed, they came under shell fire at about 8.30am and so moved north along the edge of the bay; they then received orders to attack in the direction of a dip in the hills behind Anafarta Saghir. By the end of the day, Private Hodgson was missing and he was assumed to have died on 9th August 1915.
The death of John Hodgson was reported in the Macclesfield Times of 22nd September 1916.
Private John Hodgson has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 75 to 77 on the Helles Memorial in Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private John Hodgson.