Personal Stories

Brigadier General George Hodson C B, D S O

Brigadier General George HodsonBorn in 1863, George was a professional soldier before the outbreak of the First World War.  A companion of the Order of Bath, he fought in Africa during the 1901-02, Anglo-Aro War in Southern Nigeria, and received the Distinguished Service Order for his service. He was the husband of Dorothy Clara Hodson, of Holly Cottage, Knockholt, Kent.

During the First World War he was promoted to command the 33rd Brigade of the 11 (Northern) Division, which was deployed to fight at Gallipoli in August 1915.

On 14 December George was wounded by a sniper while visiting the front line at Suvla Bay. He was taken by hospital ship to Malta but on 25 January 1916 he died. He was 52 years old. He is buried in Plot C. Row XII. Grave 1. of CWGC Malta Pieta Military Cemetery. Upon his grave are inscribed the words chosen by his wife, ‘He hath awakened from the dream life “Shelley”’. 

Private Robert Riley

Private Robert RileyBorn in 1893 in Kempton, Tasmania, Australia, Robert was the son of Thomas and Eliza Riley of Latrobe, Tasmania. A butcher before the War, Robert volunteered for overseas service with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in February 1915.

Robert briefly served on the Gallipoli Peninsular with the 26th Battalion, AIF, but in late November he was evacuated, suffering with Paratyphoid and lobar-pneumonia. He was first taken to the nearby island of Mudros, and then on to Malta. He died in St Ighatius Hospital on 22 December 1915. He was 22 years old. Robert was laid to rest in Plot C. Row III. Grave 6. of CWGC Malta Pieta Military Cemetery. Upon his headstone are inscribed the words, ’In memory of the dearly loved son of Mr. & Mrs. T. Riley, Lantrobe, Tas’.

Lance Corporal Percy Fricker

Lance Corporal Percy FrickerBorn in 1896 in Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, Percy was the son of William and Emma Fricker, of Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria. Before the War he worked as butcher. He volunteered for overseas service with the Australian Imperial Force on 12 April 1915.

He served with the 22nd Battalion of the Australian Infantry at ANZAC cove on the Gallipoli Peninsular and on 19 October 1915 he was hit in the shoulder by shrapnel. Percy was evacuated and travel to Malta aboard the Hospital Ship Soudan.

While recovering in Tigne hospital on Malta, he caught pneumonia and died on 16 November 1915. He was 19 years old. Percy was laid to rest in Plot D. Row VI. Grave 3. of CWGC Pieta Military Cemetery. Upon his headstone are inscribed the words, ‘In memory of our dear son’.

Lieutenant Charles Mortimer

Lieutenant Charles MortimerBorn in Los Angeles, Charles was the youngest son of Charles White Mortimer, the British Consul in Los Angeles. Charles grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingstone, and then studied law at Osgoode Hall.

He had just completed this law course when War was declared.  Charles immediately travelled to England and was given a commission in the Royal Horse Artillery.

Charles was attached to the 24th Anti-Aircraft battery when he died on 21st October 1916. He was 26 years old. He was laid to rest in Plot D. Row XIV. Grave 1. of CWGC Pieta Military Cemetery. Upon his headstone are inscribed the words, ‘Until the day break and the shadows flee away’.

Lieutenant Frederick Deighton

Lieutenant Frederick DeightonBorn on 10 September 1892 in Akyab, Burma, Frederick was the eldest son of Hamilton Deighton, the superintendent of police in Burma, and Janet Deighton.

Educated in England, he attended Bedford Grammar, and then Berkhamstead Grammar schools,  before joining the military. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was gazetted as a Second Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion of the King’s Own Scottish Borders in September 1912.

He served in India with his battalion until the outbreak of the First World War when his unit was transferred to England. Frederic was promoted to Lieutenant in November 1914.

In April 1915, Frederic and the 1st King’s Own Scottish Borders were part of the British forces that landed on the Gallipoli Peninsular. On 4 June 1915, while taking part in an attack at Cape Helles, he was shot through the lung. He was evacuated to the Blue Sisters Hospital on Malta but succumbed to his wounds on 18 June. He was 22 years old. He was laid to rest in Plot A. Row V. Grave 6. of CWGC Pieta Military Cemetery.

Trooper Stanley Thurlow

Trooper Stanley ThurlowBorn in Scone, New South Wales, Australia, Stanley was the son of Charles and Sarah Thurlow. Before the war he worked as a painter and served in the Australian Milita with the 6th Light Horse.

Upon the outbreak of war he immediately volunteered for overseas service in August 1914, and was posted to the 1st Australian Light Horse.

He fought on the Gallipoli Peninsular and was wounded in action at ANZAC Cove on 7 August 1915, during the 3rd Light Horse Brigades attacked at the Nek. He was evacuated to Malta where he died following a haemorrhage of the femoral artery on 21 August 1915.

He was laid to rest in Plot A. Row VIII. Grave 2. of CWGC Pieta Military Cemetery. Upon his headstone are inscribed the words, ‘Beloved son of C.H. & S.J. Thurlow of Scone, N.S.W’.

Nurse Helen Margaret Batchelor Taylor Nurse Helen Margaret Batchelor Taylor

Brave Volunteer

Helen Margaret Batchelor Taylor was a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse during the First World War. she arrived on Malta in September 1915 at the height of the Gallipoli Campaign when hundreds of soldiers were arriving for treatment every day.

She worked alongside many other women to help tend to the wounded but after only two months she fell ill and died.
She was buried alongside the solders she came to help in Pieta Military Cemetery Plot XXV. Grave 1.

Henry Ernest Wild

Ernest Wild

Heroic Antarctic Explorer

British Royal Navy Seaman Ernest Wild survived being stranded in Shackleton’s disastrous 1916-1917 Trans-Antarctic expedition only to return to naval duty to fight in the First World War and die in Malta after contracting typhoid. 
Buried at Malta (Capuccini Naval Cemetery).  Grave no Prot. 365

Dr Isobel Tate

Dr Isobel TateTrailblazing female doctor

Female doctors were extremely rare at the turn of the century but Isobel qualified and answered the call to work with wounded troops.  She became head of the Bacterial Unit at Valetta Military Hospital but tragically contracted typhoid and died here in Malta whilst tending the wounded.

Buried at Pieta Military Cemetery XXIX. 3.

Captain Albany Kennett Charlesworth

Recipient of the Military Cross, Captain Charlesworth was a member of Churchills delegation to the Yalta Conference at the end of the Second World War.  Captain Charlesworth and his colleagus were killed when their aircraft crashed on route to the summit in Crimea.

Buried at Imtarfa Military Cemetery Joint grave 1. 1C. 6

 Captain Albany Kennett Charlesworth
Yalta Conference


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