Daniel Charles HODGES #1666

Pearl Fishing, Thursday Island

Torres Strait Islander, Daniel Charles HODGES, 47th Infantry Battalion.

Daniel (Charles) HODGES volunteered to serve with the first AIF in Townsville, February 1916. Born on Thursday Island in 1896 to Charles Hodges and Dinah Walton, Charles was a pearl fisherman before enlisting.

He arrived in Egypt in May 1916 and joined the newly formed 47th Infantry Battalion as they made their way to France via Marseilles in June that year.

The 47th Battalion was quickly placed in the frontline trenches of the Western Front. They were heavily involved in the Battle of Pozieres and it was here that Private Hodges was severely wounded in action.

Hodges was evacuated first to the Casualty Clearance Station and then to the 13th General Hospital in Boulogne. Charles had been wounded in both hands and left ankle. He was evacuated to the Lewisham Military Hospital in England 10 days later, where it was decided to amputate his shattered leg, from below the knee.

Private Hodges was repatriated home to Australia in May 1917 and medically discharged. He returned to his family on Thursday Island, and his life as a pearl fisherman.

Hodges Pension Card

Charles married Etta Lockett in 1918, they had 8 children including: Alexandra Anzac, Marjory Mary, Robert Charles, Ethel Lily, Isabel Jane, Dorothy Diana, Charlotte and 1 other.

In September 1952, Charles Hodges was found sitting up in his boat, having died of a heart attack.

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Marg Powell & Des Crump | QANZAC100, State Library of Queensland