Mortimer "Mortie" Hodge


Jul 26, 1897

Born in Elizabethtown, Ontario (later renamed Brockville) to David and Elizabeth (nee Surplis) Hodge


Mar 28, 1916

Attested into the 156th Battalion CEF in Brockville, Ontario 

Ø      Number 640016

Ø      Next of kin given as David Hodge, father, RR #3 Brockville, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Sep 30, 1916

Forfeited 6 day’s pay for an unspecified offence


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Witley where he was absorbed into the 124th Battalion


Jan 5, 1917

Transferred back to the 156th Battalion in Witley to continue training


Feb 28, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 313 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Mar 15, 1918

After leaving the CC Rein C, Private Hodge joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Gouy-Servins as part of a draft of 105 reinforcements


Oct 11, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on Avesnes-le-Sec, Private Hodge was killed in action.  He was buried a short time later in the Niagara British Cemetery in nearby Iwuy, France

Below is the original wood cross that was placed on his grave
Note the barbed wire instead of the stone wall now in place

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. E. Hodge, RR #3 Brockville, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, David Hodge, at the same address


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