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Eveleigh Edward HODGES

Regimental number174
Place of birthTeralba, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMechanical engineer
AddressEddy Street, Hamilton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M H Hodges, Eddy Street, Hamilton, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed 18 months in Australian Army Medical Corps, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Valuable services and conspicuous coolness under fire, setting fine example while in charge of party establishing communications. (Polygon Wood 20-21 September 1917).
Recommendation date: 3 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack upon the vicinity of POLYGON WOOD on the 20th/21st September, 1917, Lance Corporal HODGES was in charge of a party engaged in digging communications in the immediate vicinity of the front line. Despite continuous shelling he stuck to his job with good working results. Later on in the day the enemy shelled his work and attempted to counter attack upon his front. As there were no Infantry manning the trenches near hin he collected his men and placed them in position for defence. Throughout the whole of this period although he was twice blown from the firing step he kept a look out upon the front position and set a very fine example to those under him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date3 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 3 March 1915.

Found guilty, 10 June 1915, of absenting himself from 4.30 am, 6 June, to 6 pm, 8 June 1915 (61.5 hours): awarded 7 days' detention, hard labour in camp, and forfeiture of 3 days' pay.

Admitted to 15th General Hospital, 1 July 1915 (cause not stated); discharged to duty, 4 July 1915.

Appointed 2nd Corporal, 25 October 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Reverted to the ranks and remustered as Sapper at own request, 9 May 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 23 June 1916 (influenza); discharged to duty, and rejoined unit, 2 July 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 7 September 1916.

On leave to England, 31 December 1916; rejoined unit from leave, 20 January 1917.

Detached for duty at Fricourt, 26 February 1917; rejoined unit from detached duty, 2 March 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 5 March 1917, and transferred to Divional Rest Station (giddiness); discharged to unit, 11 March 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 12 March 1917.

Found guilty, 31 July 1917, of being absent without leave from 10 pm, 29 July, to 9.15 am, 30 July 1917: reprimanded, and forfeited 1 day's pay under Royal Warrant.

Detached to 2nd Army Workshops, 14 August 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 6 September 1917.

Promoted Temporary 2nd Corporal, 29 September 1917.

Promoted 2nd Corporal, 19 October 1917.

Awarded Military Medal.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 19 October 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 4 January 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 8 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 29 January 1918.

Detached to Royal Engineers School, Rouen, 6 July 1918.

Found guilty, 17 July 1918, of when on Active Service being drunk and overstaying his pass by 1 hour 50 minutes: severely reprimanded.

Rejoined unit from detachment.

On leave to Paris, 2 September 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 11 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from Taranto, Italy, 8 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 2 December 1918, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 3 February 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HODGES Eveleigh Edward

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