|Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)||4606 & 241586|
Photo courtesy Mavis Hodgkins
Matthew Hodgkins was born at Buckland Hollow, in the Heage parish of Derbyshire, on 7 January 1885. He was the tenth of the twelve identified children of William Ebenezer Hodgkins and Matilda Poundall, though four of these children died in infancy, or as very young children. 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 at Fritchley, in the parish of Crich. Prior to the First World War, he was employed in a local limestone quarry. Matthew married Annie Louisa Barnes in 1915. Louisa's parents had moved to Derbyshire from Rutland during the 1890s. The family surname was actually Christian, though Louisa's parents had assumed the surname of Barnes for a number of years while living in Derbyshire.
Although his army service records haven't survived, it is known that, during the First World War, Matthew 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. They had one son, John Henry Hodgkins, born in 1920. The family lived at Greetham for a few years before relocating to the nearby village of Sewstern, on the Leicestershire and Lincolnshire border.
In November 1952, Matthew 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 Matthew had been employed as a labourer at Buckminster ironstone quarry, which was owned by Stewarts & Lloyds.
In later years, Matthew moved to Sleaford and he passed away in hospital at Grantham on 10 November 1964, aged seventy-nine years.
1918 Crich voters
Matthew Hodgkins, Fritchley; absent on military service.
Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.
1891: Potter's Cottage, South Wingfield
|William Thomas||Hodgkins||son||18||Railway labourer||Regents Park|
|Eliza Jane||Hodgkins||daughter||16||Mill hand||Moorwood Moor|
RG12 piece 2747 folio 103 page 7
1901: South Wingfield
|Matthew||Hodgkins||servant||16||Yard boy on farm||Buckland Hollow|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 109 page 17
1911: Hat Factory, Crich
RG14PN20983 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED12 SN138