Private Frederick HODDER
 

Regiment/Service:
Royal Army Medical Corps
Unit:
1st Field Ambulance.
Service Number:
10749
Date of Death:
26 September 1915 - Died of wounds
Age:
28
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Reference:
Grave 7



Personal History:


Frederick was born in the June quarter 1885, the son of Alfred Evans (Coachman) and Elizabeth Hodder, of Alnwick Terrace, Fairfield, Buxton. (1891 Census RG 12/2779). He had three older siblings, Amelia, Alfred and Annie, and a younger brother, Arthur. In 1901 (Census RG 13/3269) they were living on Fairfield Road, with their widowed mother (Alfred had died in 1896), and Frederick was working as a "Barber's Assistant". 
In 1911 (Census RG 14/21305) Frederick was lodging with the Dyer family (Hairdresser) at 21 Hurst Lea Road, Newtown, New Mills. Derbyshire and still employed as a "Hairdressers Assistant". The New Mills Memorial site says that Frederick was : "Employed by Mr W. Dyer, Joddrell Street." Later the CWGC recorded the family home as 1 Coronation Terrace, Victoria Road, Gillingham, Dorset

Military History:
Frederick (Fred) enlisted initially into The Royal Army Medical Corps at Bournemouth. His Service papers have not survived but his Medal Index Card indicates that he was posted to France on the 18th February 1915. 

The Field Ambulance was a mobile front line medical unit (it was not a vehicle). Most came under command of a Division, and had special responsibility for the care of casualties of one of the Brigades in the Division. Fred's 1st Field Ambulance was one of the first British formations to move to France as part of the 1st Division and remained on the Western Front throughout the war.

Clearly Fred joined his Unit in February 1915 as a replacement and served for just over 7 months in the front
line. In 1915 the 1st Division were in action at The Battle of Aubers Ridge, 9th - 10th May, and The Battle of
Loos, 25th September - 18th October.

The  New Mills Memorial website states that:
"FREDERICK HODDER, PRIVATE, ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS. KILLED 25TH OCTOBER 1915.
AGED 28. SHOT BY A SNIPER".
He died of his wounds on the 26th September, just a day after the start of the Battle of Loos, and is buried
with just 12 others in Gosnay Cemetery (11 of which died on the 25th, 26th and 27th September). Private
3575 Joseph Holden, also of the 1st Field Ambulance, also died of wounds on the 26th September and is
buried in Verquin Communal Cemetery, about 3 kms. away from Fred.

                                

Sources:
· I am grateful to The War Graves Photographic Project for the photo of Frederick's grave.

Link to CWGC Record
Pt Fred Hodder's grave
poppy
New Mills War Memorial
New Mills War Memorial
...... about Field Ambulances