Charles HODGE

HODGE, Charles

Service Number: 2791
Enlisted: 14 June 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 11th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Walkerville, South Australia, Australia , 25 July 1886
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Catholic School, South Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Influenza & Broncho Pneumonia. , Military Hospital, Fovant, Wiltshire, England , 30 January 1919, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
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Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board
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World War 1 Service

14 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2791, Adelaide, South Australia
21 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2791, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Star of England embarkation_ship_number: A15 public_note: ''
21 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2791, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Adelaide
30 Jan 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, 2791, 11th Field Artillery Brigade , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2791 awm_unit: 11th Australian Field Artillery Brigade awm_rank: Driver awm_died_date: 1919-01-30

Charles Hodge - Parents

Charles Hodge was born in the year 1886 and died in 1919. He was my great uncle. His parents were Charles Hodge and Mary Agnes Hodge (nee Mead) who resided in Adelaide. He was brother to my grandmother, Emily Florence McPhee (nee Hodge), and an uncle to my mother Joyce McPhee. He had 12 brothers and sisters.

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Biography contributed by Paula Kerr

Charles Hodge was born 1886 at Walkerville SA to parents Charles Hodge and Mary Agnes Hodge (nee Mead).

Charles was the brother of my grandmother Emily Florence McPhee (nee Hodge). He was the uncle of my mother Joyce McPhee. He had 12 brothers and sisters. 

Charles' father was the last one horse cab driver in Adelaide and an article written about him was posted in The Register News -Pictorial Adelaide SA 12/1/1929 "Last of the One Horse Cabbies (". - Paula Kerr (Adelaide, SA)


Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland”

Died on this date – 30th January…… Charles Hodge was born at Walkerville, North Adelaide, South Australia on 25th July, 1886 to parents Charles & Mary Agnes Hodge (nee Mead).

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 14th June, 1915 as a 29 year old, single, Labourer from Harvey Street, Prospect, South Australia.

Private Charles Hodge, Service number 2791, embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on HMAT Star of England (A15) on 21st September, 1915 with the 12th Infantry Battalion, 9th Reinforcements.      

He was taken on strength of 12th Battalion at Mudros on 27th November, 1915. Private Hodge disembarked at Alexandria on 6th January, 1916 from H.M.T. Lake Michigan (after the evacuation of Gallipoli).

On 1st March, 1916 Private Hodge was transferred from 12th Battalion at Railhead to 52nd Battalion & was taken on strength of 52nd Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir on 1st March, 1916.

Private Hodge was transferred to 4th Divisional Artillery at Tel-el-Kebir on 13th March, 1916. He was taken on strength of 24th Howitzer Brigade on 13th March, 1916 & was posted to 111th Battery.

He was appointed Temporary Driver at Serapeum on 18th May, 1916.

On 3rd June, 1916 Temporary Driver Hodge proceeded to join B.E.F. from Alexandria on H.M.T. Elele. He disembarked at Marseilles, France on 13th June, 1916.

Temporary Driver Hodge was appointed Driver on 1st July, 1916 while posted in France.

He was transferred to 11th F. A. B. (Field Artillery Brigade) on 25th January, 1917 & was taken on strength of 11th F.A.B. & posted to 41st Battery.

On 2nd March, 1918 Driver Hodge was with 11th Field Artillery Brigade. (This entry was usually posted on the Casualty Form- Active Service when no other entries had been made for a period of time).

Driver  Hodge was On Leave to UK from France from 24th July, 1918 & he rejoined his Unit on 9th August, 1918.

He was transferred from 11th F.A.B. to A.I.F. Headquarters – 1915 Draft to Australia on 16th January, 1919.

On 26th January, 1919 Driver Hodge reported sick. He was transferred from No. 4 Command Depot at Hurdcott & admitted to No. 2 Group Clearing Hospital at Hurdcott, Wiltshire, England on 26th January, 1919 with Influenza (as per Casualty form – Active Service, however the Hospital Admissions form recorded he was suffering from Bronchitis). Driver Hodge was transferred to Military Hospital at Fovant, Wiltshire on 27th January, 1919 with Influenza (as per Hospital Admissions form, Casualty Form – Active Service recorded he had Broncho Pneumonia). He was reported to be seriously ill with Broncho Pneumonia on 28th January, 1919.


Driver Charles Hodge died at 09.30 hrs on 30th January, 1919 at Military Hospital, Fovant, Wiltshire, England from Influenza & Broncho Pneumonia. (Note: Purport form (page 2) has date of death as 29th January, 1919 & “Burial Report regarding Funeral” form has date of death as  31st January, 1919. All other forms have date as 30th January, 1919)

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 War Graves are located.


(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)