Mr Charley Hodge

Charley Hodge

Mr Charley Hodge1 was born in Devonport, Devon, England in the Spring of 1883, his birth being registered in the second quarter of that year in Stoke Damerel.

An only child, he was the son of Charles Cornwall Hodge (1854-1910), a paintworks salesman, and Esther Mary Hains (1863-1907). His father was a native of Liskeard, Cornwall whilst his mother hailed from Devonport and they were married in 1882. 

The small family are listed on the 1891 census living at 39 Queen Street, Stoke Damerel, Devon. They later returned to Devonport and appear there on the 1901 census at 156 Grenville Road and at the time Charley was described as an apprentice fitter.

Hodge served his apprenticeship with Davey, Sleep & Co of Plymouth and he later joined the White Star Line in 1907. In July of that year he was appointed sixth engineer aboard Teutonic, later being made up as fifth, assistant fourth, assistant third and assistant second engineer.

He and his parents apparently settled in Plymouth for a time and his mother died there in 1907; his father later died in Southampton in 1910.

Charles was married in Bulford, Wiltshire on 12 December 1909 to Mabel Holloway. Mabel was born in Lucknow, India on 4 September 1876 to an English father, John Nicholls Grace Holloway (b. 1840 in Hampshire), and an Irish mother, Matilda "Tilley" Louisa Forsyth (b. 1850 in Co Kilkenny) who had married in Limerick in 1868, settling in Oxfordshire and then Lucknow where John was stationed with the British Army. The family returned to England in 1881.

Marriage Record
Marriage record for Charley and Mabel

Charley and Mabel went on to have two daughters, the first of whom, Esther Mabel (known as "Ettie"), was born in Southampton in 1910. Their second daughter Vera Pauline was born in Liverpool in late 1911.

Charley, his wife and first daughter appear together on the 1911 census living at 4 Cotswold Terrace, Foundry Lane, Southampton and Charley was described as a marine engineer for the White Star Line.

When he signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 Hodge gave his address as 16 Ivy Road, Woolston, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Teutonic and as senior assistant third engineer he could expect to earn monthly wages of £12.

Charley Hodge died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow Mabel never remarried and in March 1926 she and her daughters left Britain aboard the Ausonia, with the trio bound for Canada. They settled in Vancouver where Mabel died 4 March 1967.  

Daughter Esther later married salesman Edward Monty Beatty; she died in Vancouver on 31 August 1989 aged 79. 

Daughter Vera later married engineer Ernest Blatchford and was still active and living in British Columbia as of 1989 but her final whereabouts are uncertain.

Notes

  1. Often frequently and wrongly identified as Charles John Rogers Hodge, born 1884, also in Devonport, son of Alfred and Emily Hodge. This Charles Hodge was listed on the 1911 census still working as a bread van driver.
 

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Charley Hodge
CHARLEY HODGE
 

Articles and Stories

Hampshire Independent (1912) 
Exeter Flying Post (1912) 
 

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Gavin Bell, UK
Steve Coombes, UK
Chris Dohany, USA
Denis Griffiths, UK
Brian J. Ticehurst, UK

References and Sources

United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Search archive British newspapers online

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2020) Charley Hodge (ref: #1521, last updated: 4th March 2020, accessed 5th July 2020 01:44:21 AM)
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