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    Posted: 02 Feb 2016 at 08:40

I've been trying to track down the records of Jack Hodgkison for some time, not helped by the facts that some clerk mispelt his surname (his medals have an official correction), the RAF did not have its own medical services as of 1 April 1918, and information gleaned from the family (via a third person) has proved unreliable.

As the medical services for the RFC and RNAS were provided by the War Office (RAMC) and Admiralty respectively, there was some debate as to whether or not a new, separate, RAF medical service should be formed. 

An agreement with the War Office and Admiralty was not concluded until after 1 April, 1918, and so the RAF continued for a while with RAMC and RN medical officers & sick berth attendants (aka 'scab pickers').

Anyway, this is what I have, and I'd be very interested to learn more !

John Harold Hodgkison (appears on MIC as JH Hodginson)

Born 17.12.1894.

In 1911, aged 16, he was an apprentice chemist, living at 84 London Road, Carlisle. Father, John, was a chain maker.

Enlisted in RAMC September, 1915, as 39745 Private.

Trained in Limerick ?

Went to France 30.7.1915.

30.1.917 Attached to RFC as Medical Orderly ?

To RAF as 134785, ending the war as Acting Sergeant

Discharged 5.3.1919. 

Awarded 1914-15 Star, BWM, VM. Listed on Medal Index Card as Private 39745 RAMC/ Sergeant 134785  RAF JH Hodginson. 

1926 Married Greta May Davy (marriage registered Tynemouth, October-December, 1926). Born 4.5.1902.

1938 Joined Executive Committee of British Legion Cheadle Hulme Branch. Occupation noted as commercial traveller.

1939 Mrs Greta May Hodgkison recorded as living at 23 Kingsway Drive, Cheadle Hulme

1944 Ceased to serve as secretary of Cheadle Hulme British Legion

1946 Noted as living at 23 Kingsley Drive, Cheadle Hulme, along with wife (Greta) and mother (Mrs Maragaret Alice Hodgkison, formerly of 8 Dovedale Avenue, Denton).

1948 Resident at Chemists at 16 Market Street, Cheadle Hulme

20.11.1953 Moved from Cheadle Hulme (on this date).

1962-3 16 Market Street noted as shop off-licence and store premises. Believed that shop was sold to Mr DW Lund during this time.

 1970 Resident 7 Ladythorn Avenue, Marple

10.10.1972 Greta May Hodgkison died (death registered Manchester April-June 1973)

1973 Moved to 35 Churchill Crescent, Marple

7.2.1975 Died (death registered Stockport, January-March, 1975)

HODGKISON, on February,7,1975, peacefully, at his home, 35 Churchill Crescent, Marple, JOHN HAROLD (JACK) HODGKISON, 'MPS', aged 80 years, husband of the late Greta and father of June and Daphne, member of Britannia Lodge 3005, Doric Lodge 3384, Truth Chapter 1458, PPAGDC (E Lancs), 15 years chemist at 16 Market Street, Marple.

Service at Marple Methodist Church on Tuesday February 111 at 1.45 pm, followed by committal at Stockport Crematorium at 3.30 pm. No flowers, please, but if desired donations to the Marple and District Committee for Cancer Relief and Research. Inquiries to Malcom Shaw and Son, NAFD 427 2276.

Manchester Evening News, 10.2.1975

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