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1885 - 1916


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Sgt 57377 David Ross Hodge

  • Age: Unknown.
  • From: Muirkirk, Ayr
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Thursday 20th September 1917
  • Commemorated at: Tyne Cot Memorial
    Panel Ref: Panel 31-34

David Ross Hodge was born in 1895 at Muirkirk, Ayr and was the son of James and Janet Hodge. 

The 1901 Census shows the family living at Furnace Road, Muirkirk, Ayrshire.  

The father James is aged 57, born 1844 and is a blacksmith and was born in Ayrshire. His wife Janet is aged 46, born 1855 no occupation and also born in Ayrshire. They have four children living with them at the time of the Census, James aged 16, born 1885 is an apprentice joiner, Isabella aged 11 born 1890, Barbara aged 9, born 1892 and David aged 6, born 1895 are at school.

He enlisted in Glasgow and was formerly with the Army Cyclist Corps  No: 15211 but was transferred and was serving in the 19th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Sergeant 57377 when he was killed in action on the 20th September, 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).

Details of the attack in which David was killed were recorded in the Battalion diary as follows:

19th September 1917 – In support in Denys Wood.  Battalion relieved 17th KLR in front line. Relief complete about 11 p.m.   

20th September 1917 – A raid was carried out by a party of the battalion of 25 OR under Capt. C. Laird, just before 6 a.m. on The Twins. Enemy machine gun fire, however, proved too much for them, although several attempts were made to reach the objective.  Capt. C. Laird was killed in the operation, also 6 OR, and 14 OR were wounded.

Graham Maddocks in “Liverpool Pals”, p.178, explains:  “The remainder of September was fairly uneventful for the rest of the Pals Battalions, except for two trench raids made by the 19th Battalion on 20 September 1917, which, elsewhere on the Salient, was the opening day of the phase of the offensive later referred to as the Battle of the Menin Road. These raids were made for two purposes. The first was an attempt to confuse the enemy as to the intensity and direction of the main attack, and the second was to try to capture two blockhouses known as ‘The Twins’, which commanded the 19th Battalion’s trench front, and thus was able to dominate all its movement. The raiding party, consisting of Captain C. Laird, and twenty-five other ranks left the British front line at 6.00 a.m. and moved into No Man’s Land. However, it was soon spotted, and machine guns opened fire from the blockhouses. Despite a most determined effort to carry the objectives, the situation was hopeless from the start, and Laird and six other ranks were killed and fourteen more soldiers were wounded.”

 

David's body was not recovered from the battlefield and he has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

 

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