Capt Francis Dodgson

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Reference WMO/266474

Address:

St Lawrence's Church

Church Street

Bovingdon

HP3 0LU

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Brass
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Memorial to Captain Francis Dodgson, 8th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Henley F Dodgson, of Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. Educated at Marlborough College (1904-1907) and Trinity College, Cambridge ( B.A. 1911). Commissioned as a Territorial Officer with the 8th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment. He was a Lieutenant with “C” company in September of 1914. He arrived with the battalion in France on 26 Aug 1915 at Boulogne. They were first in the trenches at Bois Grenier south of Armentieres in October of 1915 and in the spring of 1916 were fighting at Gouay Servins and in the Angres sector. He was promoted Captain in 1916. He was killed in action aged 27 years during an attack on the village of Contalmaison during the Battle of the Somme on 10 Jul 1916. He is buried in Serre Road No2 Cemetery, Somme, France. There is also a memorial plaque in St Lawrence's Church to his brother Guy who died in 1918 with the Hertfordshire Regiment. His original wooden grave marker can be seen at Salisbury Cathedral.
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To the glory of God and in loving memory of Francis Dodgson, aged 27, Capt 8th Yorks Regt, who fell in the taking of Contalmaison, Battle of the Somme, on July 10th 1916. "Yours the pang, but His oh His, the undiminished undecaying gladness undeparted dream". R.L.S.

Francis Dodgson

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