Harold HODSON
Rank: Private
Number: 285182
Unit: 2/5th Battalion GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 3 May 1918
Age:
Cemetery: Aire Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Nothing is known of Harold's life except that he was born in Salford and enlisted into the army at Manchester. When he joined up he was originally assigned to the Monmouthshire Regiment for training purposes (service number 326150). Before going overseas, he was transferred to the Gloucesters. His new number confirms that this was sometime after the beginning of 1917 and that he was sent to the 2/6th Battalion. This was disbanded in February 1918 and it was, no doubt, then that he was transferred to the 5th Battalion.

Towards the end of April, Harold nad his comrades went into reserve at St Venant, occupying an old "asylum" . It was possible to obtain a piano and the men had some much needed entertainment. They then started another tour of duty spending four days in the front line before going into the support trenches at La Brasserie for another four. During this time, there were a number of casualties from enemy shellfire and Harold was one of them. He was evacuated to a field hospital at Aire where army surgeons would have done all they could to save his life, but without success.

   
           
   
     
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