Albert Edward Hodder

Date of birth: 29th June 1898
Place of birth: Shirley, Southampton
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Invincible
Rank / Service No: Signal Boy, J/28148
Died: 31st May 1916, aged 17 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Albert was the second of 4 siblings born to Frederick William and Lizzie Amelia Hodder (nee Harbut), who married in Southampton in 1892.


The family were living at 89 Foundry Lane, Shirley at the 1901 Census, and at 21 Bullar Street, St. Mary’s at the 1911 version.


Frederick was born in Bitterne in 1865 and he died in the city in 1933.

Lizzie was born in the city in 1867 and she passed away in Winchester in 1947.



William George C.   b. 1893 Southampton   d. 1956 Southampton  Married Selina Lock in Southampton in 1920.

Albert Edward 

Ivy Gwendoline   b. 1903 Southampton   d. 1928 Southampton  Married Ernest B. Austin in Southampton in 1924. Married Albert E. Alford in Southampton in 1926.

Elsie Winifred   b. 1906 Southampton   d. 1952 Southampton  Married Lewis W. Macklin in Southampton in 1926. Married George H. Adams in Southampton in 1939.



Albert joined HMS Invincible on 11 November 1914, at the tender age of 16 years and 5 months.


The Invincible was the first battlecruiser to be built anywhere in the world, and was launched on Tyneside in 1907.


She participated in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, on 28 August 1914, but only in a minor role because she was the slowest of the British battlecruisers present.

During the Battle of the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914, Invincible and her sister ship Inflexible sank the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau armoured cruisers.


Invincible was the flagship of the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron at the Battle of Jutland (31.5.16 – 1.6.16). Unfortunately she was destroyed by a magazine explosion on the first day, after her “Q” turret was penetrated…the ship was blown in half.


1026 men lost their lives, with only 6 survivors. One of the six was a Gunner actually sat in the Q turret when it was hit, he was somehow blown clear.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 29th September 2016


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