B/64477 Rifleman John William Hodge was born on 25 November 1916 in Orangeville, Ontario, the son of Frederick Hodge and Margaret Elizabeth Flood. He had two sisters and two brothers.
Hodge enlisted with The Queen’s Own Rifles militia in March 1941 but transferred to the active service battalion on 28 April 1941. He trained in North Bay, Ontario and Sussex, New Brunswick before embarking with the regiment for the UK, arriving in Goulock, Scotland on 29 July 1941.
On 3 August 1942, with permission, he married Miss Margaret Paterson Hunter in Edinburgh, Scotland. It appears that he had a son and grandson both named John William Hodges.
Rifleman Hodge landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944 and was killed in action, aged 27. He is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Grave Reference: I. C. 11.