Charles Hodson, Baron Hodson

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Francis Laud Charlton Hodson, Baron Hodson PC, KC, MC (17 September 1895 – 11 March 1984), always known as Charles Hodson, was a British judge.

The son of Reverend Thomas Hodson, he was educated in Cheltenham College. During the First World War he served with the 7th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, being wounded several times and receiving a Military Cross with the following citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his company most gallantly against a strong enemy redoubt, being twice wounded, and refused to be brought in till the wounded round him had been evacuated.

In 1918, Hodson married his nurse. After the war, he finished his studying and was called to the Bar in 1921. He was made a King's Counsel in 1937 and was knighted later.

Invested to the Privy Council in 1951, he was Lord Justice of Appeal from 1951 to 1960. On 1 October 1960, he was appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and was created additionally a life peer with the title Baron Hodson, of Rotherfield Greys in the County of Oxfordshire. He retired as Lord of Appeal in 1971. Hodson was a member of the International Court of Arbitration at The Hague between 1949 and 1971 and further president of the British branch of the International Law Association.

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