Regiment : 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 7339
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds on 23rd September 1914
Buried : Le Mans West Cemetery, France, Plot 38. 1914-18 Row A. Grave 24.
Birthplace : Cradley, Worcestershire, resident Cradley Heath, Staffordshire, enlisted Worcester
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial. Lye Christ Church Window.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Alfred Hodgetts had enlisted as a pre-war regular soldier before 1914. He was probably recalled from the Reserve to join the 3rd Battalion of the Worcesters in the British Expeditionary Force at Aldershot in August 1914. The Worcesters were sent to France on the 12th August and advanced to Mons. They were forced into retreat as far as the Marne but then drove the German troops back to the Aisne. This was the turning point in the opening campaign of the Great War and saved Europe from a German victory. It was during this vital action that Private Alfred Hodgetts was seriously wounded. He was taken to the base hospital at Le Mans where he died on the 24th September.