Edward Cooper Hodge was born on the 19th of April 1810 at
Weymouth, Dorset.  He was the son of Major Edward Hodge (1782-
1815) of the 7th Hussars, a notable officer, who having distinguished
himself throughout the Peninsula campaign, was killed in action during
the battle of Waterloo.

Having been educated at Eaton, Edward joined the 4th Dragoon Guards
at the age of 16.  Commissioned a Cornet in August of 1826, he was
promoted Lieutenant in 1828, Captain in 1834, and Major in 1841.  
After having served with the 4th Dragoon Guards for twenty-two
years, he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in command of the
Regiment on the 3rd of October, 1848.  

Lieutenant-Colonel Hodge commanded the Regiment throughout the
Eastern Campaign.  He was on board
H.M.S. Sans Pareil in the naval
attack on Sebastopol on the 17th of October, 1854, and was present at
the battles of Balaclava and Inkerman, the siege of Sebastopol, the
night-attack on Russian outposts on the 19th of February, 1855, and
the battle of Tchernaya on the 16th of August, 1855.

For his service during the battle of Balaclava he was promoted to
Colonel on the 28th of November, 1854, and made a C.B.  For his
services during the campaign, he also received the Crimean War medal
with three clasps and the Turkish Crimea medal.  He received the 3rd
Class Order of the Medjidie and was made an Officer of the French
Legion of Honor.

Having returned to England, Edward exchanged to the Unattached List
in August of 1859.   In April of 1860, he married Lucy Anne, daughter
of James Rimington of Broomhead Hall, Yorkshire.  In 1862 he was
appointed to command the Cavalry Brigade at Aldershot, an
appointment he held until 1867.

In January of 1863 he was promoted Major-General. He was made
Colonel of the 18th Hussars in 1870, a position he held until January of
1874 when he returned as Colonel to his old regiment, the 4th Dragoon
Guards.  He was to hold that position until his death.  

Having been promoted to Lieutenant-General in 1871, he was made K.C.
B. in 1873.  Promoted to General in October of 1877, he was raised to
G.C.B. the same year.  In 1890, the Queen appointed him a Commissioner
of the Patriotic Fund.

General Sir Edward Cooper Hodge, G.C.B., Colonel of the 4th Dragoon
Guards, died at his home at 26 Cornwall Gardens, London on the 10th of
December, 1894, his wife have predeceased him almost ten years
earlier.  He was buried at Brompton Cemetery, London, and his obituary
was published in the
Times on the 12th of December, 1894.

“Little Hodge” being extracts from the diaries and letters of Colonel
Edward Cooper Hodge written during the Crimean War, 1854-1856,

was published by the Military Book Society in 1971.