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19 September 2013

19th Sept 1943: the pity of war

19 Sun. Mild, very cloudy; calm. Gwennie, Laurance & Jeanette called. To tea - all the Tolworth folk, also Frank and John from Basingstoke. John is an air gunner in a Halifax bomber and has been on six bombing raids on Germany - twice to Berlin. Short walk in evening. Mrs Akroyd to tea.

John Hodgkins
Notes: John was Sgt John Hodgkins. He died 14 days after this visit to Raynes Park.

Frank was his father. They lived at 12 Soper Grove, Basingstoke. John's mother, Nellie, was the sister of Lily, the wife of Fred's brother, Albert.

Sergeant John Hodgkins RAFVR, wireless operator and air gunner, died along with five colleagues during a raid over Germany on 3 October 1943.

The following February the Red Cross wrote to his parents saying that John was laid to rest in the cemetery of Burguffoln in the district of Hofgeismar Nord, 13 miles northwest of Kassel. His body was later moved to Hanover war cemetery, at grave Number 11.C.1.

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