Birth date: 12 August 1891
Birth place: Australia: Tasmania, Hobart, Brighton
Death date: 25 April 1915
Death place: Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Gallipoli
Final rank: Private
Service number: 580 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion

Harry Hodgman was born at Brighton, Tasmania on 12 August 1891 to parents Thomas and Robina Hodgman. Prior to the war his military experience came from his years with the Derwent Garrison in Tasmania.

A salesman by trade, Hodgman enlisted in Melbourne on 17 August 1914 and was assigned to the 5th Infantry Battalion. On 21 October 1914, Hodgman departed Melbourne aboard HMAT Orvieto. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on the day of the landing of 25 April 1915. According to an account by Lieutenant George Howard Earp (then a private), Hodgman was killed whilst participating in one of the last advances from the beach at ANZAC Cove. He had been shot through the head by a sniper along with 610 Private Reginald Clive Brownell at around 4.30pm. He was 23 years old. Hodgman is buried at Lone Pine Cemetery,Turkey.

The Hodgman family was to suffer the loss of two more sons. Harry's brother 4325 Corporal Alan Gunn Hodgman of the 52nd Infantry Battalion was killed on 7 June 1917 at the battle of Messines in Belgium. His brother, 4923 Lance Corporal Frank Rule Hodgman, served with the 52nd Infantry Battalion and was discharged and sent back to Australia due to a head wound sustained at Mouquet Farm. A mariner by trade, after returning to Australia on 4 May 1917 he resumed his naval career. Frank Hodgman was the captain of the transport ship Southern Cross that was lost in 1920 off the coast off King Island, Tasmania.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of Death: 25 April 1915
  • Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 21 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Private Record

Hodgman, Harry (Private)

Collection relating to the service of 580 Private Harry Hodgman, 5 Battalion, AIF, at sea, Egypt. Collection includes 3 letters written by Hodgman to his mother in Tasmania, several notes and papers relating to Hodgman's date of death in 1915, and notes listing items sent to the AWM for appraisal. Maker: Hodgman, Harry

1DRL/0354 (With records)

Earp, George Howard (Lieutenant, b.1891 - d.1950)

Collection relating to service of Lieutenant George Howard Earp, 5 Battalion. Collection includes a copy of a statement provided by Earp to the Red Cross Wounded and Missing Information Bureau, Alexandria, regarding the deaths in action of 580 Private Harry Hodgman and 610 Private Reginald Clive... Maker: Earp, George Howard

1DRL/0254 (With records)

Hodgman, Harry (Lance Corporal)

Collection relating to service of 580 Lance Corporal Harry Hodgman, 5 Battalion, Gallipoli, 1915. Collection includes a letter from Vera Deakin, Australian Branch British Red Cross, to Hodgman's father regarding Hodgman's death at Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. This letter is accompanied by a... Maker: Deakin, Vera




Studio portrait of 580 Private (Pte) Harry Hodgman, 5th Battalion from Melbourne, Victoria. A 23 year old salesman prior to enlisting on 17 August 1914, he embarked for overseas with F Company from Melbourne on 21 October 1914 aboard HMAT Orvieto. He landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and was...


Digitised Collection

Letters relating to service of Harry Hodgman

Letters relating to the First World War service of 580 Private Harry Hodgman, 5th Infantry Battalion. The letters from Hodgman to his mother describe the voyage to Egypt on HMAT Orvieto, including the news of the Sydney/Emden action and taking on-board German prisoners from the Emden, as well as...


Statement by George Howard Earp, 1915

Statement relating to the First World War service of 594 Private George Howard Earp, 5th Battalion. The statement was provided by George Earp to the Red Cross Wounded and Missing Information Bureau in Alexandria on 15 October 1915. In the statement, Earp gives information on the deaths of 580...



Date of birth 1891-08-12
Date of embarkation 1914-10-21
Date of death 1915-04-25