First name(s)
Alfred Graham
Position(s) held at King's College London
  • Assistant Lecturer in the Civil Service Department (1893-[1900]) Ref: *3

Education & professional details

Position(s) held (non King's College London)
  • Assistant Surveyor of Taxes, Inland Revenue (1894-) Ref: *4
  • Civil Servant Committee Clerk Inland Revenue (c.1911) Ref: *1
  • Secretary to the Special Commissioners of Income-Tax, (-1913) Ref: *5 *6

Personal details

Date of birth
Place of birth
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Date of death
9 Jul 1945
Place of death
Staines. Middlesex
Family details

Married to Adeline Lydia Purvis in 1898. Ref: *2 Children were Mary, Winifred, and Dorothy. Ref: *1


Hodgson was committed for trial on charges of forgery, perjury, and attempting to obtain money by false pretences in January 1914, for forging a request for the repayment of £374 10s in-come tax under the name of “Andrew Anson”. Ref: *6 *7 The fraud was undertaken in Hodgson's capacity as a civil servant dealing with the supertax, which at the time earned him a salary of £700 to £800 a year (around £75k in today's money). Although Hodgson "...was not in financial straights", the Times reported, "he had become eccentric, absorbed and morose". Ref: *8 Hodgson pleaded guilty to the charge, saying he had become worried that he would die and thought what would become of his wife and children. "The idea of making money occurred to him," said the Times, "and the fraud came up ready made, as from May, 1912, the whole office was obsessed with the idea that people were defrauding the Commissioners by demanding income-tax to be returned on shares which were in the names of foreign persons." Hodgson was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment. Ref: *8


  1. Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911
  2. England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915
  3. King’s College London Calenders
  4. London Gazette, 16 November 1894, 6431
  5. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Dec 30, 1913; pg. 2; Issue 40407
  6. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Jan 06, 1914; pg. 2; Issue 40413
  7. “The Alleged Fraudulent Income-Tax Claim” The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Jan 20, 1914; pg. 3; Issue 40425
  8. “Civil Servant's Downfall” The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Feb 17, 1914; pg. 3; Issue 40449

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

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