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Frederick George Hodges

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Frederick George Hodges
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Personal Information
Date of Birth c1874
Place of Birth Sooramingalum, Madras, India
Death 9 May 1951
Place of Death West Perth, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 41 years, 5 months
Description 5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 126 lbs
57.153 kg
; dark complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Gardener
Religion Church of England
Address Karragullen, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Frances Constance Hodges
Military Information
Reg Number 2168
Date of Enlistment 22 Jul 1915
Rank Gunner
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 4th Reinforcements transferred to 2nd Division Z2A Trench Mortar Battery
Date of Embarkation 4 Oct 1915 ‒ ??
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Ship Embarked On HMAT A20 Hororata at Port Suez
Date of Return 28 Feb 1919 ‒ 7 Apr 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A68 Anchises
Fate Wounded in Action 7 Aug 1916 near Poziéres
Wounded in Action (gassed) 22 Mar 1918 at Messines
Monument Kelmscott War Memorial (North panel)
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

In 1904 Fred married Frances Constance Hanbury in Kelmscott. Electoral Roll entries - 1910 - 1916 "Hengistbury" Kelmscott, gardener,with his wife.

War Service

On Marching into Blackboy Hill camp on 27 Jul 1915 he was allocated to the 17th Depot Company, and on 16 Aug 1915 Fred was far enough advanced in his training to be allocated to the 4th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion, travelling with them to Egypt.

Soon after arrival in Egypt Fred was taken on strength by the 28th Battalion (19 Jan 1916). However, three months later, on 22 Apr 1916, he was transferred to the 2nd Division's Trench Mortar Battery as part of the AIF wide reorganisation to create additional Divisions. Fred was posted to the Z2A Medium Trench Mortar Battery.

On 9 Jun 1916 Fred's Mortar unit was engaged in wire cutting, firing 9 rounds in 8 minutes despite being under severe retaliatory fire. Their mortar misfired three times, and they were short handed. Fred was one of the crew recommended for an award, but the recommendation from Brigadier General Johnston does not seem to have been accepted by higher headquarter elements.

On 7 Aug 1916 Fred's Trench Mortar Battery was heavily shelled by the Germans and his wounds were most probably caused during this bombardment. Fred's records make no mention of him being treated or hospitalised, and the next entry indicates that recovered from his wounds, he was detached to the 1st Anzac Trench Mortar School for instruction from 25 Mar to 6 Apr 1917, and on 7 Apr 1917, the day after he had rejoined his unit, he was sent on to the 2nd Division's Signal School for instruction. Fred rejoined the Trench Mortars on 30 Apr 1917.

On 22 Mar 1918 Fred was Wounded in Action for a second time, being gassed, and was treated by the 30th General Hospital at Calais. Recovered, he was released to the Australian General Base Depot on 8 Apr 1918 and from there posted to the 2nd Division Ammunition Column on 25 Apr 1918, where two days later he was posted to the newly designated 4th Australian Medium Trench Mortar Battery.

Granted leave to England on 23 Sep 1918, he rejoined his unit in France briefly before transferring back to England on 29 Jan 1919, Australia bound. Bypassing Fremantle, the Honorata dropped Fred at Albany on 7 Apr 1919.

Discharged on 6 Jun 1919 by the 5th Military District.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 - 26 "Shellburst" Group 84, Airdale, settler (10km from Manjimup); 1936 - 37 Blue Wren Cottage, Maddington; 1943 Kalamunda; 1949 at 183 Colin street, West Perth.

Frances is buried with Fred at Karrakatta and although her age is given as 75, her date of death is not recorded.


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