Roy George HODGES

HODGES, Roy George

Service Number: 17946
Enlisted: 5 October 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Field Ambulance
Born: Prospect, South Australia, 18 September 1893
Home Town: Walkerville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Journalist
Died: Killed in Action, Mont St Quentin, France, 1 September 1918, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gilberton Soldiers Memorial Swimming Reserve, Keswick Prospect Highbury Street Methodist Sunday School Roll of Honour, Keswick Prospect Methodist Sunday School Honour Board WW1, Prospect Methodist Sunday School Honour Roll, Woodville Uniting Church Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

5 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 17946, Reinforcements WW1
4 Aug 1917: Involvement Private, 17946, Army Medical Corps (AIF)
4 Aug 1917: Embarked Private, 17946, Army Medical Corps (AIF), HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
1 Sep 1918: Involvement Private, 17946, 5th Field Ambulance
1 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 17946, 5th Field Ambulance, Mont St Quentin / Peronne

Details of enlistment and death

Regimental number: 17946
Date of birth: 18 September 1893
Place of birth: Prospect, South Australia
School: North Adelaide Public School, South Australia
Religion: Methodist
Occupation: Proof reviser
Address: Medindie, South Australia
Marital status: Single
Age at embarkation: 23
Next of kin: Mother, Mrs E A Hodges, 18 Tennyson Street, Medindie, South Australia
Enlistment date: 5 October 1916
Rank on enlistment: Private
Unit name: May 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number: 26/99/2
Embarkation details: Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 4 August 1917
Rank from Nominal Roll: Private
Unit from Nominal Roll: 5th Field Ambulance

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular:
Lt Col Crowther, 5th Field Ambulance, wrote (1 September 1918):
'About 5 p.m. on Aug. 31, our men had attacked and taken Mont St Quentin, near Peronne. News came back to the bearers that a number of wounded were still lying out, and volunteers were asked for to help bring them in. Your son, amongst others, at once stepped forward, and they set out. At the slopes of the mountain a very heavy shell and machine-gun barrage had to be passed through, and one shell dropped among the party. Your poor boy was in the full force of the explosion, and was very badly hit in several places. He only lived 10 minutes. He, in all truth, laid down his life in the hope that a wounded man might have his chance to live. Please accept my admiration and deepest sympathy in your loss. We will not forget your son, and will keep his memory ever green.'
Fate: Killed in Action 1 September 1918
Place of death or wounding: Mont St Quentin, France
Age at death from cemetery records: 25
Place of burial: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row A, Grave No. 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial 182

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Biography contributed by Nicholas Egan

Margaret Phillips

Club Historian Gilberton Amateur Swimming Club Inc

Lt Col Crowther, 5th Field Ambulance, wrote (1 September 1918): About 5 p.m. on Aug. 31, our men had attacked and taken Mont St Quentin, near Peronne. News came back to the bearers that a number of wounded were still lying out, and volunteers were asked for to help bring them in. Your son, amongst others, at once stepped forward, and they set out. At the slopes of the mountain a very heavy shell and machine-gun barrage had to be passed through, and one shell dropped among the party. Your poor boy was in the full force of the explosion, and was very badly hit in several places. He only lived 10 minutes. He, in all truth, laid down his life in the hope that a wounded man might have his chance to live. Please accept my admiration and deepest sympathy in your loss. We will not forget your son, and will keep his memory ever green.' www/everymanremembered.org/soldier profiles

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