Thomas was born in Brecon in 1885 to George and Margaret Hodson of 1, Ffrwdgrech Road, Llanfaes, Brecon. The family were well travelled with George having been in the army previously and had spells in Gibraltar where Thomas' sister Margaret Ann was born in 1879, and Ireland where Thomas' older brother Lewis George was born in 1872. (Lewis George Hodson is also included in this book¹³) By 1885 the family had settled in Llanfaes and George had left the army and was first a railway labourer and then a mason's labourer by 1891.
The family suffered upheaval around 1901. Lewis George had already left the household and Margaret Ann had left to become a servant in Cardiff. George was in the mental asylum in Abergavenny. No record has been found for Margaret and Thomas, although Margaret was living in 7, Ffrwdgrech Road in 1911, suggesting she had stayed in
Llanfaes until later moving to Twickenham and then Abergavenny.
Tom joined the army before 1911, when he was shown living in Brecon Barracks as a lance corporal with the South Wales Borderers. He married a Brecon girl in 1912, Gwladys E M Webster who was the
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He went to France around July 1918 and in his first week there he met his brother Jack who was with the Royal Army Medical Corps. They were together until Willie went up to the lines around August.
His other brother Charles was with the Brecknocks in India at this time.
The 9th Battalion of the Welsh Regiment formed part of the 19th Division of Kitchener's New Army (K2) which fought in France from 1915 until November 1918.
Across the seas our thoughts do wander, To a grave we
ne'er may see
But as long as life and memory last ,We will remember