Roll of Honour


John A Hodge


John Anderson Hodge was born in Lennoxtown on the 25th of October 1887 to Helen and Thomas Hodge. The family lived at ‘The Firs’, Lennoxtown. Thomas Hodge was a teacher, and both John and his sister Helen followed in their father’s footsteps to enter the teaching profession.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

In the academic session of 1906-1907, John enrolled at the Glasgow Provincial Training College (forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde) for a three-year course of teacher training. As students on this particular course were required to take some of their subjects at the College and others at the University of Glasgow, John enrolled concurrently at the University. Successful completion led to two qualifications: the Teacher’s General Certificate, and a University degree.

In his first year at the University, John took University classes in Logic, Mathematics and Chemistry. His interests lay mainly in the sciences, and during his studies he earned a second class certificate in Chemistry and first class certificates in Intermediate Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. He graduated in 1909 with an MA in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, awarded with second class Honours, as noted in the local newspaper, the Kirkintilloch Herald. In the summer of 1909, John also completed his professional training at the College and was recognised as a Certificated Teacher from 1st August, with additional qualifications to teach singing and drawing. He pursued further scientific education at the University and qualified for a second degree, a B.Sc. in Pure Science, in 1911, as also noted in the Kirkintilloch Herald.

When the war broke out, John was employed as a teacher of Mathematics at Shawlands Academy in Glasgow. His war was long and hard. He took a commission as Temporary Second Lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry, effective from the 25th of September 1915, and saw service in France and Palestine. He was then promoted to Lieutenant and carried out front line duties with the Machine Gun Corps. He was severely wounded in April 1917 and the Glasgow Herald of the 8th April 1918 carried news of further injury.

On the 8th November 1918, the Glasgow Herald reported that John had been "wounded". The proximity of his injury to the Armistice may have created some inaccuracies in record keeping, and as such the University recorded him among the fallen, rather than among those who served. Lieutenant John Anderson Hodge’s name is recorded on the Roll of Honour of the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers and on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour.

Lieutenant Hodge survived to return home. He celebrated his marriage on the 1st July 1920 in Glasgow Cathedral to Janet Martin Crawford and continued his career as a teacher. He died in 1971, aged 83.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry and General Council

University of Glasgow ROH Ch 4/4/2/3/386

British Newspaper Archive online

Scotland’s People

London Gazette (online) 25/9/15