Cliff Hodges, William Harold


William Harold Cliff Hodges was the second son of William Cliff Hodges MD and Joan Hodges of Godalming.  He came to Winchester from St Edmund’s, Hindhead where he had done exceedingly well at games of all sorts. At Winchester he was skipper of Houses’ VI in 1936 and of Soccer XI in 1937.   He was 12th man for Lords in his last year.   He also established a record for Junior Long Jump.

During his two years at Trinity College, Cambridge he got his Soccer Blue, took Honours in the first part of the History Tripos and was provisionally accepted for the Colonial Service, to join which he later asked to transfer from the Royal Artillery.  He had got his commission as a Gunner early in 1940  with a Scottish unit.  He was in France for a few days, but not in action, at the time of Dunkirk.   In July 1942 he went to the Middle East and was slightly wounded at El Alamein, and after spending Christmas in hospital with jaundice, was severely wounded at the Battle of Mareth in March 1943.   In spite of nearly losing the sight of one eye, he insisted on rejoining his old troop in Sicily, where he was promoted Captain and was constantly in action there and in Italy until his death on 16th January 1944.  He was killed by a mine on the Garigliano River.   He lies in grave III B 19 of the Minturno War Cemetery

He is commemorated by a window at Compton Church, near Guildford.

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Cliff Hodges
  • Forenames or initials: William Harold
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1932-1937
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 19th October 1918
  • Date of Death: 16th January 1944
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner D2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Minturno War Cemetery: Grave III.B.19