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Hopson, R.J., Pte., 1916
On Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France is the name of 16/1728 Private Ralph James Hopson serving with 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers who died 01/07/1916.

William Kirby and Brenda McMahon have submitted the following:-

Ralph James was born in 1897, however there seems to be some problem identifying his birth parents. The 1911 census shows Ralph as an adopted child living with Ralph Hopson and his wife Margaret. It seems this particular Ralph was, in fact, his uncle as this census also shows Ralph and Margaret as being childless. It is possible his mother? Jane Hopson (nee Robson) had remarried and perhaps it was easier for the youngster to live with his uncle’s family.

At the age of 14 years he was working at the pit as an errand boy. His uncle also worked there as a coal miner (stonework). The family is living at 14 Village Lane, Old Washington.

Ralph joined the Northumberland Fusiliers and was killed in action on July 1st 1916. His Uncle Ralph is listed as next of kin.

Ralph was awarded the British War Medal and also Victory Medal for his war services.

Ralph James Hopson is remembered at Usworth on U9.01 and at Washington on W96.01 and W96.05

He is also remembered in the Battalion History

The CWGC entry for Private Hopson

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk