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.