Frank Stanley HODGES (1875-1948)

Born 31 Aug 1875, Islington, North London.  Son of Edwin Charles Hodges (1831 - 1925) and Emma Lane (1833 - 1913).

First marriage: Annie Beatrice BRYCE of Islington, on 15 Aug 1903, Parish Church Islington.  Second marriage to Rose Elizabeth GUEST (nee NEIGHBOUR) in 1923, Islington.

Died Oct 1948, Charing, Kent.


1881 + 1891 censuses living at 8 Florence St, Islington described as a scholar.

As the school leaving age was raised to 12 in 1889, being at school in 1891 at the age of 15 would suggest Frank started his apprenticeship later than was usual.  

1898/9 approx finishes apprenticeship

1901 census, living at Florence St, occupation - gunmaker.

1903 married Annie Beatrice Bryce, allegedly born illegitimately to Ellen Beatrice Baker and noted writer and philanthropist George Robert Sims of ‘Christmas Day in the workhouse’ fame.

1905 Frank and Annie’s first son, Eric Francis Sidney Hodges born

1906-7 living at 5c Morgan Mansions, Morgan road.

1908 living at 8 Tyndale Place, Islington close to Florence St, when second son Stanley Edwin Lane was born in February. Described as ‘gunmaker foreman’ on certificate.

1911 census living at 8 Tyndale Place, gunmaker.

1916 Annie believed to have died of pneumonia – no certificate traced.

1919 Father EC Hodges retires and leaves his Florence St. workshop. Frank’s subsequent place of employment not known. 

By 1922 Frank and his two sons had moved to Drayton Park.     

1923 Frank married Rose Guest (nee Neighbour), and takes in her young son Eddie.

1923 Sets up on his own as an independent gunmaker from workshops at 83a Bride St, Islington. Struggles to make success of it in tough trading conditions and the business moves or closes within 2 years.

1924 After his father remarries son Eric decides to leave home. He becomes estranged from the family. Later life unknown.

1925 approx Frank appears to have become disillusioned and left the gunmaking trade.

1930 approx living at "The Roundabout", a large house at Liphook, Hampshire. Around this time helps wife to run sweet shop in the village.

Prior to 1940 moves to 'Wincot', Pilgrims Way, Charing, Kent with second wife Rose and elderly unmarried sister Rosa. Rosa's living expenses provided by brother Lionel.

1939-45 worked a lathe for Stanhays of Ashford. Seems to have retired around the time the war ended.

1948 died in October at the age of 73. 

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