Mr Leonard Hodgkinson
Mr Leonard Hodgkinson, 46, was born on 20th February, 1866 at 20 North Street, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire the fifth child and second son of John Hodgkinson (a potter's presser) and Caroline (née Steele).
After schooling at St. Thomas's School, Stoke, Leonard become an apprentice engine fitter with the firm of Hartley, Armour and Fanning in Stoke. At that time he was living with his parents at 5, Knowl Street, Stoke.
On 14th February 1891 he married Sarah Clarke in West Derby, Liverpool, and for a while they may have lived with his sister and brother in law at 10 Helena Street, Walton on the Hill, Liverpool.
Leonard and Sarah had three children, all born in West Derby, Liverpool: Marian, born in 1893, Caroline (born 1895) and Leonard Stanley (born 1898).
Leonard first went to sea with the Beaver Line and then Rankin, Gilmour & Co. He achieved his First Class Engineer's Certificate and served as Chief on the Saint Jerome. By 1901, during a temporary break from seafaring, he was running his own business as a mechanical engineer and living at 40 Oakfield Road, Walton on the Hill, Liverpool. But he was back at sea with the White Star Line in 1905 as Assistant Engineer in the Celtic. According to family lore Hodgkinson had aimed to serve on as many different liners of the White Star Line as possible before retirement, so was keen to transfer to Titanic prior to which he had served aboard the Olympic.
On 2nd April 1912 he signed-on to the Titanic in Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton. When he signed-on again (6th April) as Senior 4th Engineer, for the maiden voyage he gave his address as 67 Arthur Road, Shirley, Southampton although his permenant residence appears to have been Thurnham Street, Liverpool
Hodgkinson was the most senior of five Fourth Engineers (one of whom was a specialist for the refrigeration equipment). The qualified engineers on Titanic ensured that routine adjustments and regular maintenance of the machinery were properly carried out, dealt with any unexpected problems that might arise, and responded to orders telegraphed from the bridge. They also supervised the firemen, trimmers and greasers who worked in the boiler and engine rooms.
Hodgkinson, along with all the engineers, died in the disaster and his body was never recovered.
He left an estate worth £116 10s 10d to his widow Sarah. Sadly she also died prematurely on 25 January 1914 in Liverpool at the age of 47.
The White Star Company had a Committee meeting on 23rd July 1912 at 10 Winter Street, Liverpool at 11.55am. Present Mr. J. Bruce Ismay (in the chair) and others. During the meeting it was announced that the following cases were reported together with amounts paid into Court:
Number 125. Hodgkinson, Sarah, widow. Children: Caroline: Stanley. Hodkinson, Caroline, Mother. All class B dependants.
No. 125. Miss Marion Hodgkinson. Minutes state: Widow deceased 25th January 1914. Full allowance paid to 31st March 1914. Liverpool C & G P Committee 9 7 1914. 10/- per week for 12 months as from 1st October 1914 then reconsider.
Hodgkinson, Leonard. Engineer. Stoke man educated at St. Thomas's School, Stoke. With White Star for several years.
Leonard Hodgkinson is remembered on the Southampton Engineers Memorial, East Park; the Liverpool Titanic and Engineers memorial; the Glasgow Institute of Marine Engineers memorial; the Institute of Marine Engineers memorial, London and there is a brass memorial plaque in the church of St. Faithful, Crosby, Liverpool, to the memory of the Chief Engineer and his Engine Room staff.
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mr Leonard Hodgkinson
Born: Tuesday 20th February 1866 in Stoke-On-Trent Staffordshire England
Age: 46 years 1 months and 26 days. (Male)
Married to: Sarah (n�e Clarke)
Last Residence: at 67 Arthur Road Southampton Hampshire England
Occupation: Senior 4th. Engineer
Last Ship: Olympic
First Embarked: Belfast
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912).
Body Not Recovered