William Hope Hodgson died on a battlefield of World War I at Ypres, France, on April 19th, 1918.
WHH had been serving as an observer at a forward post when it was hit by a German artillery shell. Later reports indicate that he had been killed immediately upon impact with nothing remaining for burial. This meant that his family was unable to lay his body to rest. At the present time, I have not been able to find any family plot for Hodgson which might have had his name engraved.
But this situation was not uncommon. Many WII soldiers died in foreign lands with nothing left to send back home. As a remembrance, there are many memorials around Europe to these fallen soldiers.
In Belgium, there is a large memorial cemetery dedicated to the many men who lost their lives during WWI. There, at Tyne Cot Cemetary, William Hope Hodgson’s name is engraved.
Here is the website for the Tyne Cot Cemetary:
This is the listing for WHH on the CWGC:
I was able to have a picture of the plaque with WHH’s name send to me which I now share:
WHH is the fifth name in the Lieutenant section.
Here is a photo showing the area of the cemetery:
While WHH’s actual remains are not here, it is nice to know that he is remembered along with his other comrades who lost their lives during “The Great War”.