The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Second Lieutenant D A Hodges


Second Lieutenant Daniel Alfred HODGES,  3rd Battalion, attached 10th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action, 5th May  1917, age 25.

Son of Daniel Alfred and Emma Frances Hodges, of 37 Newbury Road, Bromley, Kent.

1911 Census - 37 Newbury Road, Bromley, Kent - Daniel Alfred Hodges, head, age 51, married, plumber, builder, born Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire; Emma Frances Hodges, wife, age 51, married 20 years, 3 children, all still alive, born Bromley, Kent; Daniel Alfred Hodges, son, age 19, single, assistant clerk, Education Municipal Office, Borough Council, worker, born Bromley, Kent; James Hodges, son, age 18, single, plumbers apprentice, builder, worker, born Bromley, Kent; Winnifred Emma Hodges, daughter, age 12, school girl, born Bromley, Kent.

Lieutenant Daniel Hodges, made the design of the two candlesticks near the fontstand in Talbot House (Poperinge). The two tall oak candlesticks were made from the carved posts of an old bedstead in the Autumn of 1917. They were the gift of Driver Ketchem of the Canadian Royal Garrison Artillery. Each cone bears a small strip of shell case commemorating the Australians and Canadians who worshipped at Talbot House. The Australian candlestick was especially in memory of the Australian Engineers whose lives were sacrificed in the tunneling operations during the Messines Offensive. Lieutenant Daniel Hodges was killed before the work could be completed.

He had gone out to bring in a wounded sergeant, and going out again for another wounded man, got killed himself.

6th November 1917, Probate - Daniel Alfred Hodges, 37 Newbury Road, Bromley, Kent, Second Lieutenant, Royal West Kent Regiment, died 5th May 1917, in France. Administration (with Will) London 6th November to Daniel Alfred Hodges, plumber. Effects £157 16s 9d.

Buried at Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery, I. H. 14., Belgium. Commemorated on Bromley War Memorial.

London Gazette 6th December 1916.

War Office, 6th December, 1916. SPECIAL RESERVE OF OFFICERS.

The under mentioned, from Officers Cadet Units, to be Second Lieutenants (on probation). 22nd November 1916: 

Royal West Kent Regiment - Daniel Alfred Hodges.

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