World War I Soldiers Remembered: James Winfrey Hodges

22 Jun

James Winfrey Hodges gallery

James Winfrey Hodges was born November 1, 1894 in Culpeper, Virginia. James’ father was Thomas Herbert Hodges and his mother was Ann Wolling James. James was a 22 year old farmer in the Irwin area of Goochland when he was drafted on September 19, 1917 and sent to Camp Lee. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had brown eyes and dark hair.

He was inducted into service on September 21, 1917 and assigned to Co. C, 317th regiment, 80th division. He left Newport News, Virginia aboard the U.S.S. Mongolia on May 26, 1918 and arrived at Brest, France on July 8, 1918. Hodges fought in many of the major battles of 1918 including St. Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne. Hodges admitted to being “slightly” gassed on October 4, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne battle. He was under medical care for three days and according to family papers, he was given papers to be picked up but instead, he went back to fighting.


U.S.S. Nansemond

At the end of the war, Hodges travelled back to Newport News aboard the U.S.S. Nansemond on June 1, 1919 and was officially discharged as a corporal on June 12th of the same year. About his service, he wrote that his experiences during the war were “very good”.

Hodges returned to Goochland and farming. On October 22, 1924, he married Margaret Winston Perkins together they had several children. On January 19, 1964, James passed away at the age of 69 and is buried in the Perkins Baptist Church cemetery in Goochland.

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at


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