Matthew Hodgkins (1885–1964)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 4606 & 241586 1/6th Battalion

Photo courtesy Mavis Hodgkins

Matthew Hodgkins in WW1

Matthew Hodgkins was born at Buckland Hollow, in the Heage parish of Derbyshire, on 7 January 1885. His parents were William Ebenezer Hodgkins and Matilda Poundall. Matthew's father was an Oxford-born railway labourer. One of Matthew's brothers, Mark Hodgkins, immigrated to Australia in 1908.
During much of Matthew's youth, the Hodgkins family lived at the Hat Factory, Crich. Before the First World War, he was employed in a local limestone quarry and married Annie Louisa Barnes in 1915. Louisa's parents had moved to Derbyshire from Rutland during the 1890s.
Although his army service records haven't survived, it is known that, during the First World War, he served as a private soldier with the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). He was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.
After returning from his war service, Matthew and his wife relocated to Louisa's native Greetham, in Rutland where the family lived for a few years before relocating to the nearby village of Sewstern, on the Leicestershire and Lincolnshire border.
In November 1952, he was among 113 employees of Stewarts & Lloyds Minerals Ltd who were presented with gold wrist watches for having completed thirty years' service. During this time he had been employed as a labourer at Buckminster ironstone quarry, which was owned by Stewarts & Lloyds. In later years, he moved to Sleaford and he died in hospital at Grantham on 10 November 1964, aged seventy-nine.

Matthew Hodgkinson enlisted Nov/Dec 1915 and after training joined 1/6th Battalion [Steve Morse]

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.


1891: Potter's Cottage, South Wingfield

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Hodgkins head 43 Railway labourer Oxford
Matilda Hodgkins wife 43   S.Wingfield
William Thomas Hodgkins son 18 Railway labourer Regents Park
Eliza Jane Hodgkins daughter 16 Mill hand Moorwood Moor
Isabella Hodgkins daughter 15 Mill hand Fritchley
Mary Hodgkins daughter 12 School girl Shottle
George Hodgkins son 10 Schoolboy Stretton
Edward Hodgkins son 8 Schoolboy Stretton
Matthew Hodgkins son 6 Schoolboy Buckland Hollow
Mark Hodgkins son 4   Wingfield Park

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1901: South Wingfield

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Matthew Hodgkins servant 16 Yard boy on farm Buckland Hollow

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1911: Hat Factory, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Matilda Hodgkins Head (wdw) 65   Wingfield
Isabella Hodgkins daughter 33   Crich
Edward Hodgkins son 28 Quarryman limestone Stretton
Matthew Hodgkins son 26 Quarryman limestone Heage
Annie Hodgkins g.daughter 3   Crich

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1918 Crich voters
Matthew Hodgkins, Fritchley; absent on military service.

1939 Register: Sewstern, Melton and Belvoir
Matthew Hogkins b.7 January 1887; ironston labourer
Annie L Hodgkins b.7 October 1892
John H Hodgkins b.7 June 1920 ; fitters engineer labourer
[Note: although the DoB given was 7 January 1887 he was born 7 January 1885 ]