Hodge, Stanley (Lance Corporal, b.1893 - d.1918)

Place Europe: France, Nord Pas de Calais, Pas de Calais, Boulogne
Accession Number PR04422
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Diary, Photograph, Document
Maker Hodge, Stanley
Place made Belgium, France
Date made 1918-1919
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World War service of 1813 Lance Corporal Stanley Hodge, 1st Australian Machine Gun Company, 1st Machine Gun Battalion, Belgium and France, 1918.

The collection consists of a pocket diary Hodge maintained between January and May 1918 while serving on the Western Front in Belgium and France. The entries are concise, but Hodge records his movements in and out of the frontlines, training, his visits to friends in other units, and each time he sends or receives letters. He also makes note of the names of those wounded or killed, records artillery bombardments, and documents German attacks. The back section of the diary includes notes on the Lee-Enfield Mk III rifle and shooting.

Hodge’s final entry, dated 2 May 1918, is scratchy and barely legible. It was written after he had been admitted to a casualty clearing station with severe shrapnel wounds; he died three days later. The collection also includes the Australian war graves booklet that was sent to Hodge's family in 1919 with a photograph and details of his grave in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.