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Ernest was the son of William and Frances Hodson. His birth was registered in Wolverhampton in September 1892. In 1901 and in 1911 they were living at Fordhouses, Bushbury, together with Ernest’s brother Herbert and sisters Beatrice, May, Ada, Mary Ann and Dasey [sic]. By 1911 Ernest was an engine cleaner for the London and North Western Railway. His railway employment record gives his date of birth as 10 May 1891. He was engaged on 18 January 1911 at Bushbury station as a cleaner, and was transferred to Bescot station on 28 October 1912.

Ernest enlisted with the 15th Husssars (number 11299), serving in France from 23 November 1914. His address on his Medal Rolls Index Card was given as 61 Concrete Terrace, Stafford Road, Wolverhampton. He was wounded and discharged from the Southern Cavalry Depot on 8 June 1916, and awarded the Silver War Badge (number 127651). On 30 April 1917 he was reengaged as a cleaner by the London and North Western Railway at Bushbury, but resigned spontaneously on 5 October later that year. I have not been able to confirm whether or not he got married, but he died at the age of 76 in Wolverhampton in 1968.