William Noel Hodgson was educated at Durham School and Christ Church College, Oxford. He volunteered for the British army on the outbreak of the First World War and served in the 9th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment, landing at Le Havre in July 1915. He was awarded the Military Cross after the Battle of Loos and was later promoted to Lieutenant. He was killed on the 1st of July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. His posthumous volume Verse and Prose in Peace and War was published in 1916, but he is probably best remembered today for his poem ‘Before Action’ which is believed to have been written two days before he died.

 W.N. Hodgson’s Poems

Resources for W.N. Hodgson

Before Action: William Noel Hodgson and the 9th Devons, Charlotte Zeepvat, Pen & Sword Books, 2014 9781783463756 £15.99