Date added: 2 Jun 2015
Harris Academy Beckenham
Major Edward Hodge of the 7th Hussars was a formidable fighter who died on the battlefields of Waterloo, his legacy however was continued by his son, General Edward Cooper Hodge(1810-1894), who fought heroically during the Crimean Wars. Major Hodge also served in the Peninsula from November 1808 to January 1809. Hodge was promoted from Captain to Major in the 7th Light Dragoons on the 7th May 1812 - this was most probably due to the formidable fighting skills that he had displayed during the Peninsula campaign.
It has been possible to gather a great deal of information on Major Edward Hodge's family life. For instance his mother was Sarah Chadder Adams and his father was James Hodge (30th November 1744- 14th May 1832). His Mother’s family was very rich and some were mildly important people. Her family was the Adams of Bowden House, Tolnes and House, of Sydenham. Sarah’s brother William Dacres Adams (1752-1820),Major Hodge’s Uncle, was a merchant and banker who was also secretary for two Prime ministers.
Edward Hodge married Maria Bacon (21st September 1784-27th January 1864) on the 11th February 1808. She was the daughter of Sir Edmund Bacon Bart of Raveningham (1749-1820), her mother was Anne Proctor/Bacon who died 1813. His sister in law Mary-Ann Bacon was a fortune teller who married her cousin Edmund Baker. He died on the 17th June 1815.
The death of Major Edward Hodge is detailed thoroughly in this near contemporary description:
“During the retreat through Genappe, the covering squadron of the Seventh Hussars, under the command of Major Hodge of the same regiment, particularly signalized itself. It was formed opposite the Hotel Roi d'Espagne,when a regiment of French lancers entered that village. The landlord, who was conversing with Major Hodge and another officer, observed—" Gentlemen, you had better retire;" to which the gallant Major replied—" We do not fear them;" and instantly charging, drove them back. Notwithstanding the repeated defeats which the enemy experienced, he returned to the attack with fresh troops, which still failed to make any attempt on these brave men—but some flanking squadrons having passed the bridge at Wais, to his left, and the Ford of the Dyle at Vieux-Genappe, to the right, he was obliged to retire a short distance, but not until his gallant party had sabered a considerable number of the lancers, among whom was the Colonel, who lost his arm. Having re-formed his squadron opposite the post-house at the other side of the village, he again awaited the lancers; but opening to the right and left as they approached him, he found himself attacked by a squadron of cuirassiers,whose powerful horses and heavy armour rendered him perfectly incompetent to withstand them. This brave and distinguished officer fell, covered with wounds,as also several of his men, in this heroic but unequal contest. “
After his death his wife, Maria Hodge was granted a Widow allowance of £100 annually in consideration of her 4 young children.
(Included above are images of the two existing memorials to Major Edward Hodge, as well as images of where these memorials are located.
The first memorial stands at 10 ft tall and is made of Marble. It is situated in St Andrews,Raveningham, which is the Bacon family church. The memorial reads: " Sacred To the Memory of The Gallant Soldier, Generous Friend, Pious Son, Affectionate Husband And Tender Father. “The only son of his Mother and she was a Widow.”
The second memorial on the belowis is made of marble and is in the Royal Chapel and St Joseph church of Waterloo.