Northern Territory Government

Roll of Honour

HODGES, Ernest Walter

Wharfies

Ships docked at Darwin Wharf.


Hodges was employed on the Darwin Wharf as a tractor driver, towing railway trucks in order for them to be marshalled. He was killed when the tractor he was operating was blown up by a bomb which landed within 20 feet of him. Hodges body was never recovered. Hodges’ relatives were in Darwin at the time of the bombing.

His death was finally officially confirmed in a letter from the Government Secretary on 11 June. The delay in officially declaring Hodges’ death was not uncommon. In the official letter from the Government Secretary, L.H.A. Giles, to the Officer in Charge of Records in Darwin, it was stated that providing a definitive list of casualties was difficult due to some of the bodies being burned beyond recognition in the attack.

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