Charley Hodge 1 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.
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. Charley is believed to have been their only child.
Charley appears with his mother and father 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. At the time, Charley was described as an apprentice fitter.
He 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 Wiltshire in 1909 to Mabel Holloway. Mabel was born in 1879 in Lucknow, India to an English father, John Nicholls Grace Holloway (b. 1840 in Hampshire), and an Irish mother, Matilda Louisa Forsyth (b. 1850 in 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 around 1883.
Charley and Mabel went on to have two daughters, the first of whom, Esther Mabel, was born in 1910. The three 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, Charley 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 may have remarried several years after the loss of her husband but her further whereabouts are unknown.