Donald Hodge (veteran)
Hodge was born in Kent, England, and was educated at The Judd School in Tonbridge, where he has a house named in his honour. Following the outbreak of war, Hodge – like many others – enlisted in the armed forces with the illusion of being part of a glorious battle.
"I was in a crowd of other 18, 19, 20-year old boys and we thought it was going to be a tremendous lot to go and knock the Kaiser off his throne."
Hodge survived the war, but with great regret – stating ""I lost all my youth, the best years of my life you might say and I lost so many friends. A few medals don't make up for that. Nobody wins in a war, they lost but we didn't win."
In 1995, after passing 100 years old, Hodge was one of the veterans to appear in "Age of Hope" – the first part of the Emmy Award-winning BBC/PBS series "People's Century" – where he recounted his experiences of the war. He also appeared in the second part of ABC's 1999 series "The Century: America's Time", in a segment entitled "Shell Shock – The Great War". He was President of the British First World War Veterans’ Association.
- Donald Hodge – Biography – IMDb. Retrieved on 20 March 2009.
- People's Century: Age of Hope – Full Program Description – PBS. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
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