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Henry Price Hodges

Henry Price Hodges
Henry Price Hodges

Mr Henry Price Hodges was born in Putley, Herefordshire, England in early 1862, later being baptised on 9 March that same year.He was the son of Thomas Hodges (1835-1904), a gardener, and Emily Rebecca Rose (1835-1906). His father was originally from Tarrington, Herefordshire whilst his mother was from Trowbridge, Wiltshire and they were married in Trowbridge on 8 June 1859. He had seven known siblings: George James (b. 1860), James John (b. 1864), Emily (b. 1867), Anne Mary Blanche (b. 1870), Alice (b. 1872), Thomas (b. 1874) and Robert (b. 1877).

Spending his early life in different villages in Herefordshire, the family moved to Worcestershire sometime around 1866 before resettling in the village of Northway near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire where he was educated at Tewkesbury Grammar School. Henry appeared there with his family on the 1871 census but they later moved to Ashchurch, Gloucestershire before showing up on the 1881 and 1891 censuses living in Tibberton, also in Gloucestershire. Henry had already left home by the time of the 1881 record and was listed at an address in Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire and was described as a railway clerk. He later moved to Southampton and became a music and pianoforte dealer.

He was married in the latter months of 1884 to Ellen Almy (b. 1858), a Dorset native, and their first child Roland Almy (1884-1893) was born towards the close of the year. He would be followed by: Gordon (1886-1965), Stella (1887-1966), Archibald Harry (1888-1958), Harold Herbert (1889-1905), Frank Stanley (1890-1956), Cyril Augustine (1893-1910), Hubert Selwyn (1895-1972), Henry Price (1899-1973), Leo Cecil Vernon (1902-1971) and Arnold Richard (1906-1975).

The 1891 census shows Henry and his family living at 102 St Mary Street, St Mary, Southampton and he was described as a dealer in musical instruments. The family were living at The Cotswolds, a substantial 13 room house on Highfield Lane, Portswood, Southampton by the time of the 1911 census. 

Hodges boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger and held ticket number 250643 which had cost £13; he was travelling to Boston to visit relatives.1

Hodges wrote a letter to Mr Hector Young, Newtown Conservative Association in Southampton, which was posted at Queenstown:

'We've had a fine time up to now. You don't notice anything of the movement of the ship. OK on top deck there are twenty boys marching round and singing. Others are playing cards and dominoes; some are reading and some writing. Everything is quite different to what we thought to see at sea.'

Henry Hodges died in the sinking; his body was later recovered by the MacKay Bennett (#149):

NO. 149. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 52. HAIR, FAIR.

CLOTHING - Dark suit.

EFFECTS - Card case; £40 in notes in case; gold ring; 4 gold studs; gold watch and chain; gun metal watch; gold charm; pocket knife; keys; 7s. in silver; £5 in gold.

NAME - P. HODGES

His body was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 10 May 1912.

His estate was administered to his widow:

Hodges, Henry Price, of "The Cotswolds", Highfield Lane Portswood, Southampton. Probate registered London 3rd September 1912, to Ellen Hodges, widow. Effects £16,694.5.3d.

She also received relief from the Mansion House Titanic Fund:

March 1913
Number P. 55. Hodges, Ellen, widow and Henry, Leo and Richard, children received £2 7s 0d. weekly.

Grave 149
Grave 149 at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax

Ellen Hodges was never remarried and in later years relocated to Bognor Regis, Sussex. She died there on 12 April 1938 and was buried in the The Old Cemetery, Southampton; Henry is commemorated on her headstone. 

"Henry P. Hodges, husband, who passed away on the Titanic, April 1912".

In September 1998 a plaque to the memory of Mr. Hodges was unveiled at the County Hotel (now the Highfield House Hotel), Highfield Lane, Portswood, Southampton. SO17 1AQ, which is the site of the large house that Mr. Hodges lived with his wife and eight children in 1912.

Notes

  1. It is sometimes stated that Mr Hodges was friends with and accompanied Ada and Elsie Doling.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Henry Price Hodges
Age: 50 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 250643, £13
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 149)
Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on Friday 10th May 1912

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Newspaper Articles

Hampshire Observer Winchester's Melancholy Interest
Gloucester Citizen (17 April 1912) HODGES Henry P. : GLOUCESTERIAN'S BROTHER UNLISTED WITH THE SAVED
Southampton Times and Hampshire Express (20 April 1912) Letter from Mr. H. P. Hodges
Southern Evening Echo (9 December 1952) Old postcard stirs Titanic memory

Documents and Certificates

General Register Office: Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths
(1912) Contract Ticket List, White Star Line (Southampton, Queenstown), National Archives, London; BT27/776,780
(1912) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S.
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  1. wendy page

    wendy page said:

    this was my great uncle. any further information please would be much appreciated. wendy page.

  2. Sally Baker

    Sally Baker said:

    Hi, Henry Price was my great great Uncle. Can I ask who you are, where from and what part of Hodges family please. I am trying to do ancestry search especially trying to find out which relative he was going to see in America because the story my mum was brought up with was, a family member moved to USA and died there. Henry apparantly was going there to sort Probate out. He originally wasnt supposed to be going but he took someone... Read full post

  3. Sally Baker

    Sally Baker said:

    Hi, my name is Sally and I am Henry Price Hodges Great Great Niece. Any information on him would be much appreciated.

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  4. Brigette

    Brigette said:

    He was my great grandfather

  5. MMcGarry9362

    MMcGarry9362 said:

    Mr. Henry Price Hodges is my great great great uncle

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Acknowledgements

Günter Bäbler, Switzerland
Gavin Bell, UK
Sally Hill
Bob Knuckle, Canada
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Brian J. Ticehurst, UK