Walter William Henry Hodder memorial 1

Walter William Henry Hodder

Surname: Hodder
Other names: Walter William Henry
Other people in this story:
William Henry Hodder
Elizabeth Hodder nee Fall
Mary Alice Hodder

Locations in this story:
Thorncombe, Dorset
France & Flanders
Tyne Cot Memorial
Brandon House, Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Walter William Henry Hodder was born in 1887 in Thorncombe, Dorset. He was the son of William Henry Hodder, a builder, and Elizabeth Hodder (nee Fall). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a law clerk and living at 3 Brandon House, Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury. His father died in 1912 and was buried at Holy Trinity Church on 16th May, 1912. His mother also died in 1915. He enlisted with the Somerset Light Infantry (Service No. 22185) as a Private and later transferred to the 6th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (New Service No. 27746). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was killed in action on 23rd August 1917 and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 80 to 82 and 163A). His next of kin following his death was his sister, Mary Alice Hodder. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

He is also remembered on the headstone (grave no. 60) of his parents WILLIAM HENRY HODDER AND ELIZABETH HIS WIFE  in the Holy Trinity churchyard. The inscription reads:
ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF WALTER WILLIAM HENRY THE ONLY SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT YPRES AUGUST 23RD 1917, AGED 30 YEARS.  

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 4
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03
  • Walter William Henry Hodder memorial 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives