Thomas George Hodder

Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Lyme Regis, Dorset
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 10605
Died: 13th August 1915, aged 25 years
Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey


Thomas was the tenth of 13 siblings born to William and Eliza Hodder (nee Penny), who married in Southampton in 1871.

Despite marrying in Southampton, the couple were evidently based in Lyme Regis and the majority of their children were born there.


Thomas’ association with Southampton is proven by the fact that he, his mother and 2 brothers were living with his sister Priscilla and her family at 75 Paynes Road at the 1911 Census.


William was born in Lyme Regis in 1846 and it is only known that he died before the 1911 Census.

Eliza was born in Netley in 1852 and she died in Southampton in 1914.



Priscilla   b. 1872 Southampton   d. 1967 Southampton aged 95 years   Married Charles Penny in Shirley in 1901.

Robert   b. 1875 Lyme Regis   d. 1899 Lyme Regis

Eliza   b. 1877 Netley   d. 1960 Soberton   Married Albert McRill in Shirley in 1907.

Sarah   b. 1879 Lyme Regis   d. 14 December 1955 Nottingham General Hospital   Married Walter Ernest Clarkson in Lyme Regis in 1906.

Fanny   b. 1880 Lyme Regis   d. ??   Married Arthur Mitchell in Axminster in 1908.

Frederick  b. 15 May 1882 Lyme Regis   d. ?? (alive in 1939) Married Mabel Jane Pring in Lyme Regis in 1910.

Elizabeth   b. 1885 Lyme Regis   d. ??   Married Charles Henry Tucker in Islington in 1910.

Frank   b. 8 April 1887 Lyme Regis   d. 2 March 1960 Honiton   Married Florence A. Pook in Tiverton in 1929.

Lily   b. 1 November 1888 Lyme Regis   d. 1982 Swindon aged 93 years   Married Robert Hill Watson on 26 August 1916.

Thomas George

William   b. 1892 Lyme Regis   d. ??   Married Ellen S. Quarrell in Southampton in 1926.

Hilda May   b. 1894 Lyme Regis   d. ??   Married William Hollins Petty (d. 14 January 1942 Vancouver) in Carleton. Ontario on 7 July 1925.

Albert   b. 1896 Lyme Regis   d. 1969 Southampton



Thomas was one of 1367 officers and men who embarked on HMT Royal Edward at Avonmouth on 28 July 1915, bound for Gallipoli via Alexandria.

The vessel arrived at Alexandria on 10 August. It then departed, bound for Moudros on the island of Lemnos….this was a staging point for the Dardanelles.


On the morning of 13 August, the Royal Edward passed the British hospital ship Soudan heading in the opposite direction.


Oberleutnant zur See Heino von Heimburg in UB-14 was off the island of Kandeloussa and saw both vessels.

He allowed Soudan to pass unmolested, but launched one of the two torpedoes, from about 1 mile away, at the Royal Edward.


The ship was hit in the stern, and sank within six minutes. The returning Soudan and other vessels managed to rescue 661 men but 935 perished, amongst them Thomas.


The death toll was so high because most of the men were below decks restowing their equipment, having just completed a boat drill.


There were 211 Hampshire Regiment soldiers on board, of which only 29 survived.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 30th September 2016


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