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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Corporal William Hodgens MM, The Herald 25 May 1918.


Hodgens W    Pte    3127    William              22 Inf Bn    24    Labourer    Single    C of E       

Address:    Flemington, Ascot Vale Rd, 106   

Next of Kin:    Hodgens, Margaret, Mrs, mother, 106 Ascot Vale Rd, Flemington   

Enlisted:    28 Jul 1915       

Embarked:     A73 Commonwealth 26 Nov 1915     (Indexed in Embarkation Roll as Hodgers.)

Awards:  Military Medal, Mentioned in Despatches


Recommendation for Mention in Despatches, 20 September 1917

114th Battery, 14th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
3217 gunner William HODGENS

Whilst on the SOMME front, prior to the advance on the Hindenburg Line, this gunner worked continuously for five hours under heavy shell fire repairing breaks in telephone lines between the MONSOON and ROSE Trench in front of FLERS.  The Liaison Officer, Lieut R G McLeod says:  "On this occasion the night was pitch black and the country was shelled continuously with very heavy barrages".  This gunner also served as a signaller on the YPRES front from 19th July to 29th August 1917 with energetic determination when he was eventually evacuated with debility, caused by the severe strain and over-work.

His courage and devotion to duty deserves special recognition.



Recommendation for Military Medal, 11 Nov 1917


14th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
3127 Corporal William HODGENS

During the recent operations East of YPRES from the 29th September 1917 to the present date, No 3127 Corporal William HODGENS has been in charge of the Signalling Staff of the 114th Battery and has been continuously at the Battery position with the exception of three days.

This NCO, when suffering himself from the effects of gas, supervised the repair of Battery communications under continuous heavy shell fire and gas.

He remained at his post and maintained communications as the signalling staff had been reduced to three, though suffering continuously from gas himself and though the Battery position was saturated with gas.  His gallantry and devotion to duty are deserving of special recognition.



Writing in an optimistic vein to his mother, who lives at 84 The
Parade, Ascot Vale, No. 3127, Corporal W. Hodgens, of the 114th
Howitzer Battery, Australian Imperial Force, who has won the Mili-
tary Medal, says that he will be back in Australia in time for the
next Melbourne Cup.

Corporal Hodgens enlisted on August 4, 1915, and left Australia on
November 26, the same year. After being six months in Egypt, he went
to France in July, 1916. He has taken part in many engagements,
and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in action

MEDAL WINNER OPTIMISTIC (1918, May 25). The Herald

(Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), p. 9. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article242506244



Corporal W. Hodgens, M.M.. of the 114th Howitzer Battery, A.I.F., was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in action. Leaving Australia on 26th November, 1915, he was encamped for six months in Egypt, going to France in July, 1916. His mother lives at 84 The Parade, Ascot Vale.


ROLL OF HONOR. (1918, May 30). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: Morning. Retrieved June 24, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74606170


Mrs. Hodgens, 84 The Parade, Ascot Vale, has received word that her son, Cpl. W. Hodgens, has been mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's despatches of November, 1917, for conspicuous services, and has been awarded the Military Medal.


ROLL OF HONOUR. (1918, June 6). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: Morning. Retrieved June 24, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74606215


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours

Regimental Register

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