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William Frederick HODGSON

Date of birth10 August 1871
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationWarehouseman and commercial traveller
AddressKinnoul, 120 Harcourt Street, Auburn, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 9"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinWife, MrsW F Hodgson, Knnoul,120 Harcourt Street, Auburn, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 7.5 years in the Volunteer Garrison Artillery (Harbour Trust Artillery); served for 4.5 years in the 46th Infantry; served for 1.5 years in the 48th Infantry (second in command)
Enlistment date28 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name8th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 29 April 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 30), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 19 October 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915; died of wounds, SS 'Seeang Choow', 29 April 1915; buried at sea, 29 April 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFather to one son (Frederick Charles Hodgson) and one daughter (Isabel Agnes Hodgson)
SourcesNAA: B2455, HODGSON William Frederick

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