Letters and postcard relating to James Hodgen, 1918-1978

Accession Number RCDIG0001149
Collection number PR83/016
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 3
Object type Letter
Physical description 8 Image/s captured
Maker Hodgen, James
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Fouilloy, United Kingdom: England, Lincolnshire, Grantham
Date made 1918; 1978
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Letters and postcard relating to the First World War service of 250 Private James Hodgen, 14th Machine Gun Company (5th Machine Gun Battalion). Having been wounded in action around Villers-Bretonneux on 26 April 1918, Hodgen was sent to England for hospitalisation. Whilst there he wrote a letter to his mother detailing his time in England so far and providing a detailed account of the fighting around Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918. Accompanying the letter is a postcard of the town and surrounding area with numbering at various locations on the image. These numbers correlate to the events Hodgen details in his letter. Also included is a letter from the Australian War Memorial at Fouilloy near Villers-Bretonneux in 1978 detailing that his original letter, originally thought lost, had been located. This file contains:
Letter from James Hodgen to his mother, Grantham, 30 June 1918;
Letter from J. E. Harris, Australian Memorial, Fouilloy, France, to James Hodgen, Rockdale, Australia, 4 December 1978;
Postcard of Villers-Bretonneux with number annotations, [date unknown].