Edward Leonard Clare HODGE DCM

Badge Number: S26573, Sub Branch: City of Adelaide

HODGE, Edward Leonard Clare

Service Number: 1742
Enlisted: 18 October 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Clare, South Australia, 14 November 1894
Home Town: Grange, City of Charles Sturt / Henley and Grange, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter's College
Occupation: Clerk, Bank of Adelaide
Died: Gilberton, South Australia, 14 October 1980, aged 85 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide High School Honour Board, Hackney St Peter's College Honour Board, Henley Beach Council WW1 Service Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1742, 32nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Borda embarkation_ship_number: A30 public_note: ''
11 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1742, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
25 Jun 1917: Discharged AIF WW1
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 1742, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Date unknown: Wounded 1742, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
Date unknown: Involvement 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Battle for Pozières

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News has been received by Mrs. A. H. Stephens, of Beach-road, Grange, that her son, Sergeant E. L. C. Hodge, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He received a personal card from General Sir Horace Cox last August, congratulating him on the resource and courage displayed by him under heavy fire throughout the fighting from August 8 to August 12, at Mouquet Farm, France. A month later Sergeant Hodge was wounded and sent to hospital in London, where he is progressing favorably. He witnessed the descent in flames of the Zeppelin L31 at Potter a Bar and secured souvenirs from the wreckage. He left South Australia in January last. He finished his education at St. Peter's College in 1910, and prior to enlisting was on the staff of the Bank of Adelaide." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 23 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)



Among the South Australian soldiers who returned home from France on Tuesday morning was Sergeant E. L. C. Hodge, D.C.M., son of Mrs. A. H. Stephens, of the Grange. He was awarded the D.C.M. for "conspicuous gallantry during a hostile counter-attack at Moquet Farm. He held his trench when it had been practically obliterated, and under heavy shell fire led a digging party which rescued some 20 buried men." Sergeant Hodge was always a military enthusiast, and prior to enlisting, held a commission in the 78th Infantry, Citizen Forces. He is 22 years of age. He joined the 32nd Battalion in August, 1915, but was transferred to the 16th Infantry in Egypt. Sergeant Hodge is an old St. Peter's College scholar and was employed at the Bank of Adelaide. His brother, Sub-Lieutenant R. M. C. Hodge, R.N.R., lost his life early in the war, and Private G. Hodge, another brother, is on active service. During the fighting at Moquet Farm Sergeant Hodge was severely wounded in the groin. On his arrival at the Grange on Tuesday he was met by the residents and accorded a hearty welcome." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 16 May 1917 (nla.gov.au)