Ju­ly 20, 1853, Es­comb, Dur­ham, Eng­land.

June 8, 1926, Wal­tham­stow, Es­sex, Eng­land.

William was the son of coal min­er Will­iam Hodg­son the elder. He fol­lowed his father’s ca­reer path initially, starting work in the coal mines age 11.

After accepting Christ, Hodg­son was a Me­tho­dist preacher for a while, then in 1879, joined the Sal­va­tion Ar­my (SA) in Spennymoor. His first SA assignment was in Sea­ham Har­bour, with later posts in Whit­by, North Shields, Lime­house, Chel­sea, Hex­ham, New­cast­le, Ply­mouth, and Bris­tol.

After serv­ing in the Sub­scrib­ers’ De­part­ment at SA In­ter­na­tion­al Head­quar­ters, he re­tired as an SA cap­tain in 1911.

A number of his songs appeared in the SA’s War Cry. He was some­times called The Blood-Washed Coll­ier.

  1. In the King’s Strength