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.