Capt Guy Dodgson

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Reference WMO266476

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 Guy Dodgson, 1st Battalion the Hertfordshire Regiment. Youngest son of Henley Frederick Dodgson (B 1875) and Helen Dodgson of Bovingdon, Hertfordshire (Helen Dodgson remarried Mr Fulton after her husband's death and lived in the Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire). Educated at Reverend F Page’s School at Eastbourn and Winchester College. He went to Stuttgart in 1913 to study music at the Conservatoire and was at home for the holidays when war broke out. He received a commission in the Hertfordshire Regiment and was promoted to Captain in 1916. He served in France from June 1917 to May 1918, initially with the 1st Battalion and then from October 1917 as Intelligence Officer at Brigade Headquarters. At his own request he returned to his Battalion in May 1918 but almost immediately became a casualty of a gas attack which wiped out most of the battalion. He was invalided home suffering the effects of the gas poisoning but was able to rejoin his Regiment in Sep 1918. The last three months of the war saw much movement by the Hertfordshires and by 10 Oct they were occupying the town of Caudry. They advanced through the villages of Louvignies and Jolimetz with little or no opposition until they reached Laiecoulon where they encountered strong enemy machine gun fire lasting twenty minutes. He was seriously wounded in this action and was removed to a Casualty Clearing Station at Caudry. He died ten days later of pneumonia, the Battalion’s last casualty of the war, aged 21 years (23 on memorial and CWGC website).
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To the glory of God and in memory of Guy Dodgson, Capt 1st Herts Regt, aged 23 died on 14 Nov 1918 of wounds received Nr Caudry in France in the last battle the Regiment fought and buried in the Military cemetery at Caudry. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Guy Dodgson

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