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Thomas Hurst Hodgson

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Thomas Emmanuel Hurst Hodgson of Bedford, gent

"An entrepreneur with an eye for talent"[1]

1862 Born Blyth

1891 Living in Stamford Hill, insurance manager, with his wife Millicent, 2 daughters and 2 servants, one of whom was Selina Parker age 19 (birth details not given)[2]. This Selina Parker may have later been the mother of Raymond Parker and Plessey Parker.

1901 Resident at St Mary's Abbey, Bedford St. Mary, aged 39, born at Blyth, Northum. Manager of a public company. Living with his wife Millicent, three daughters and one son (Malcolm aged 4 months) plus six servants. [3]

1909. Examined in bankruptcy proceedings of the National Union Society. Appears he was declared bankrupt. [4]

1911 Thomas Emmanuel Hurst Hodgson, his wife Millicent Theresa Hurst Hodgson, and his daughter Marie (age 14) and son Malcolm (age 11) were living in Bedford. Thomas was a managing director of an insurance company. Thomas and Millicent had been married for 30 years[5]

1917 Founder member of Plessey Co by buying the assets of the Clutsam Action Co in conjunction with his business associates, the Parker brothers Plessey and Raymond, and C. H. Whitaker.

Hodgson owned or had interest in a number of companies including British Electro-Chemists

1934. Declared bankrupt again [6]

1939. 24th June. Died aged 78 at 34 Cardington Road, Bedford. [7]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Into the Sunrise - a history of Plessey, by Berry Ritchie (1989)
  2. 1891 census
  3. 1901 Census
  4. Gazette Issue 28221 published on the 5 February 1909
  5. 1911 census
  6. The London Gazette, 23rd October 1934
  7. The Times Monday, Jun 26, 1939