Louis George HODGES

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HODGES, Louis George

Service Number: 2144
Enlisted: 9 March 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bundaberg, Queensland, 1 September 1894
Home Town: Bundaberg, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: South Kolan State School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds (POW of Turkey), Constantinople, Turkey, 24 August 1915, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Haidar Pasha Cemetery
Plot A.2 - Row G - Grave 1, Haidar Pasha Cemetery, Istanbul, Istanbul Province, Marmara Region, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Bundaberg War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

9 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2144, 15th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Queensland
12 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2144, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2144, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Karoola, Brisbane
2 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2144, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
8 Aug 1915: Wounded The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli
8 Aug 1915: Imprisoned The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli

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Biography

Louis' father had died of poisoning in 1901 near Mount Perry, Queensland, Australia, when Louis was 7 years old.  By the time he was 13 his mother had also passed away near South Kolan near Bundaberg, Queensland Australia, leaving him and his sisters Lottie and Annie in the care of the eldest sister Bessie.  Bessie was listed on Louis' enlistment papers as his next of kin and received all of his medals and scroll after the war.

Louis was a member of the 15th Battalion's 6th Reinforcements and arrived at Gallipoli in early August 1915.  During action on 8/8/1915 Louis was wounded in the neck, captured and taken prisoner to hospital in Constantinople.  He died of wounds after a couple of weeks.   It took several years of enquiry before Bessie and his other sisters discovered the truth of his passing although being listed as missing didn't seem like a positive outcome would be achieved.  

While Louis is buried in Turkey, an addition to the headstone on his mother's grave at South Kolan cemetery remembers Louis in Australia. 

Submitted by eldest great grandson of Annie Harriet Hodges (sister of Louis George Hodges)

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