Frank Hodgkiss was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of Thomas and Mary Ann Hodgkiss. He went to school at the Darlington Street Wesleyan Day School, “and he always recalled with gratitude the years of training he there received.” He later worked at Bayliss, Jones and Bayliss.
In 1908 he enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 8796). He served in South Africa, and, when war broke out, “came over from that country to take his share in the great fight for right against might.” On 7 November 1914, he was reported as missing, and remained missing for the next fifteen months. By 14 February 1916, it was reported in the Express & Star that the War Office was now presuming him to be dead. His next of kin was given as his sister, Mrs Sarah Aston, now living at 23 Pool Street. He was also remembered in the Midland Counties Express on 18 November 1916. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.