Private Edwin Hodges

Private Edwin Hodges served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 1659. His War Service badge class ・A・number is 321242

He was born on August 2nd 1887 in London, England

Trade : butcher and farmer         Religion : Protestant      Status : single

Hair: brown           Eyes : grey          Weight : 140 lbs       Height : 5′ 6″

November 11th, 1914 : he enlisted in the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance in Toronto, Ontario. He belonged to the active militia before enlistment.

March 20th, 1915 : The 5th Ambulance did their last parade in Toronto before departure

March 25th : He was hospitalized for three days (influenza)

April 15th : The unit left the camp (Exhibition Camp) to entrained. They arrived in Montreal on the 16th at 8:25. They left for Halifax, arrived in on the 17th at 19:45 and sailed from Halifax on the SS Northland on the 18th at 18:00. They arrived in Avonmouth, England on the 29th at 6:00., disembarked and reached in Westenhanger at 17:00. They walked 1 ½ mile to Sandling Camp, Shorncliffe, and reached they final destination at 16:00.

May 24th : They arrived at Otterpoll at 13:00 and they began mounting their new camp. They stayed at this place until September 15th.

August 10th : He was admitted to the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance for constipation

September 2nd : The 5th Ambulance was inspected by the King

September 15th : Early that night the unit entrained at Westenhanger, first train left at 3:00. The second left at 4:30. Trains arrived in South Hampton at 8:15 and 10:00. Most members of the 5th C.F.A. embarked on the SS Indian and sailed to France at 18:00 (7 officers and 64 N.C.O. embarked on SS Viper)

September 16th : They arrived in Havre, France at 5:00, disembarked at 7:00, they walked to Camp 5. They left it at 3:30 am, entrained at 8:20 on the 17th. Arrived in Saint-Omer on the 18th at 2:00. They arrived in Wizernes on the 19th and heard artillery shots for the first time. Arrived in Danoutre, Belgium on the 21st to replace the 84th Territorial Forces Ambulance. Received their first casualties on the 24th.

January 7th 1916 : He was detailed as clerk in A section nursing section (information from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A.)

January 22nd : He was admitted to the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance.

September 30th : He proceeded to Paris on permission (from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A.)

October 7th, 1917 : He proceeded on leave (13 days)

October 8th : He was taken on strength (information from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A.)

October 20th : He returned from his leave of absence (information from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A.)

February 18th, 1918 : He proceeded on leave (14 days)

March 16th : No 1659 Pte Hodge E on returning from leave of absence as taken on the ration strenght 18th (information from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A.)

December 5th : The unit entered Germany at 9:30 and they crossed the Rhine on the 13th.

April 7th, 1919 : He returned to England and arrived in South Hampton on the 8th at 8:00

April 24th : Granted 14 days leave, on return from leave returned to Canada with dependant

Sailed (sailing list D-33) from England on HMT Metagama on August 3rd, 1919. Arrived in Quebec on the 14th.

He was demobilized on August 15th, in Quebec. His address on demobilization was 26 Hunt street west Hamilton

He died in 1977

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography

Private Edwin Hodges WW1 medals

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  • Steve Hodges  On 2017/04/09 at 12:27

    1659, Pte E Hodges is my Grandfather. The medals in the image, are they his actual medals or not. They were lost many years ago and I would like to know who has them now.

  • Nelson  On 2017/04/10 at 19:22

    This picture is a generic photo of a WW1 trio that I use to show the medals entitlement of the recipient. As for the medals of your grandfather, I do not know where they are but I know they are somewhere. I did the research on him about 15 years ago for a gentleman who had his medals in his possession. Unfortunatly I do not have his name

  • Steve Hodges  On 2017/04/12 at 05:45

    Many thanks for that, I am pleased they are still in existence. Hopefully in good hands. My grandfather died in 1977, aged 90. I would refer you to the Imperial War Museum site, Lives of WW1 where I have put his details including some photo’s as well as a book called ‘Stretcher Bearers at the Double’ an unofficial history of the 5th.

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