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Remembering our Forgotten Heroes 1914-18

George Herbert Bodden

Name:
George H. Bodden
Birth Place:
Oldham, Lancashire
Rank:
Sapper
Regiment:
Royal Engineers 153rd Field Co..
Service Number:
184481
Death Date:
4th October 1917 Age 31 years
Death:
Killed in action at Ypres
Buried:
Klein Vierstraat British Cemetery 111 F11
Commemorated:
On the War Memorial and Church Memorial at St James’
Memorial Service at St James’ Christleton October 1917
George was the 4th son of the late George Bodden, J.P., Engineer, by his wife, Jane
of Frankhill House, Frederick Street, Oldham, the daughter of James Wilde; b Oldham, co. Lancaster, 6 Jan. 1880 ; He was educated at Congleton, Cheshire, and is described as a farmer & had private means. He joined the Royal Engineers on 26 June, 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 21 April. 1917. George was killed in action near Ypres on 4th Oct 1917 and is buried at Kleine Vierstraat, south of Ypres in Flanders.

He married Dora Eveline Charlton at St. Margaret's Church, Whalley Range, Manchester. 24 Aug. 1905, Dora Eveline was from Ivy House, Pepper Street, Christleton, near Chester, the youngest daughter of Samuel Charlton of Manchester, Stockbroker. His war record gives his address as Tarvin.
They had three children: John Herbert, b. 2 March. 1911 ; Nancy Eveline, b. 30 Jan. 1910, and Sheila, b. 23 Sept. 1914.
Dora Eveline died in October 1918 and was buried at St James’ on November 6th 1918.

His son John Herbert Bodden has an address; Duncan House, Clevedon, Somerset.


Obituary Cheshire Observer; 20th October 1917 (with picture)

Sapper G. H. Bodden
We regret to learn, that another well known and highly esteemed resident of Christleton has made the supreme sacrifice in the recent heavy fighting. On Sunday official notification was received by Mrs Bodden of Ivy House Christleton from the Royal Engineers Record Office in Chatham, stating, “It is my painful duty to inform you that a report has been received from the War Office notifying the death of No 184481 Sapper George H Bodden while on active service on the 4th October 1917. The report is to the effect that he was killed in action. Sapper Bodden was a son of the late George Bodden of the well known firm of engineers, Oldham. He enlisted at Chester under Lord Derby’s scheme and joined the Engineers. After a few months training at Chatham he went out to the front in March last. Deceased was a highly successful breeder and exhibitor of pigeons and bantams, having carried off valuable prizes at many of the leading shows in England, and he had the honour of judging at many of the leading shows, including the Crystal Palace Show. He was for many years a valued member of the Eaton Squadron of the Cheshire Yeomanry. Sapper Bodden was of a quiet and unassuming disposition. His geniality and good nature made him popular wherever he went, and his many friends will long cherish his memory. The deepest sympathy is felt for his widow and three children in his sad loss.
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