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Oliver Hodgkinson

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Oliver Hodgkinson was born in 1892 to Edward and Mary Ann of Newborough. On the 1911 census, the family were living in Glass Lane, Bromley Hurst.Towards the end of 1911 Oliver age, 19 set out for a new life in Australia his occupation on the passenger list is Farm Labourer. From documents we have obtained Oliver enlisted on the 15th of April 1916 in the Australian Imperial Force the 44th Battalion. He left Fremantle on the 10th of October 1916 to travel to England and then went on to sail to France. We know in 1917 he returned home on two separate occasions due to trench fever. Our records also show that at some point he visited the local school and told the children about his adventures. In May 1918 he was fit for duty and returned back to the field in France. Sadly on the 4th of July after heavy fighting Oliver was wounded by gunshot with wounds to the head and legs. Oliver sadly died in the 5th Casualty Clearing Station on the 5th of July 1918. In his will, he left all his worldly goods to his father Edward back in Bromley Hurst. Oliver is buried in Crouy British Cemetery, France. His headstone reads ‘WE TRUST HIM LORD TO THEY LOVING CARE. RIP Oliver Hodgkinson

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