George Lloyd Hodges

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Portrait of George Lloyd Hodges, c. 1840

George Lloyd Hodges KCB[1] (1790–1862) was a British soldier and diplomat.

He was the eldest son of George Thomas Hodges of The Abbey in County Limerick, Ireland. He entered the British army in 1806, and took part in the Battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo.[2] In 1832 he commanded the brigade of British volunteers who enlisted to fight to restore the rightful Queen of Portugal, Maria da Glória, to her throne against the forces of the usurper, Dom Miguel. With the rest of the forces commanded by Maria's father Dom Pedro, the ex-Emperor of Brazil, they sailed from Terceira in the Azores, captured Oporto and endured a siege there of nearly a year. Hodges distinguished himself by his leadership, especially during the assault on the city by Miguel's army on 29 September 1832. He afterwards published a memoir, Narrative of the Expedition to Portugal in 1832, under the orders of His Imperial Majesty Dom Pedro, Duke of Braganza (London, 1833).

Hodges was subsequently knighted and was active in the wars of the Balkans in the late 1830s. He was appointed the first British consul to Serbia on 30 January 1837,[3] and was promoted to the rank of consul-general on 15 December 1837.

Hodges was appointed Consul-General in Egypt on 1 October 1839.[4] On 11 May 1841, he was appointed Consul-General in the Circle of Lower Saxony and for the Free Cities of Hamburg, Bremen, and Lübeck.[5]


  1. ^ "No. 22411". The London Gazette. 7 August 1860. p. 2933. 
  2. ^ 'Obituary of Eminent Persons', Illustrated London News, 31 January 1863, p. 126.
  3. ^ "No. 19462". The London Gazette. 31 January 1837. p. 233. 
  4. ^ "No. 19775". The London Gazette. 4 October 1839. p. 1858. 
  5. ^ "No. 19977". The London Gazette. 11 May 1841. p. 1191. 
Diplomatic posts
First British Consul-General in Serbia
Title next held by
Thomas de Grenier de Fonblanque
Preceded by
Patrick Campbell
British Consul-General in Egypt
Succeeded by
Charles John Barnett
Preceded by
Henry Canning
British Chargé d'Affaires and Consul-General to the Hans Towns
Succeeded by
John Ward