Frank Hodge

Hodge, FrankFrank Hodge first played badminton at the Elmfield club in Balham while still at school, and was at various times a member of the following clubs, Streatham, Logan and Alexandra Palace.

He was first noted playing competitive badminton as early as 1911 when he played in the 2nd class handicap at Alexandra Palace. His first appearance in Open Singles was in 1913, when at the Thames Valley Championships he took a set off George Thomas.

He served with distinction during the Great War, joining the Inns of Court O.T.C. in 1915 – he was later sent to the Front, and was with the 56th Division in France and Flanders until June 1919 being awarded the Military Cross for distinguished conduct during the battle of Cambrai.

He returned to playing badminton in 1919-20 and was soon recognised as a very good singles player, and was selected to play for England against Ireland during that season winning his singles, losing in doubles to G. Mack and F. Devlin.

The following season he won his first Championship at the West Hants tournament and his first All England title when playing with George Thomas they won the Men’s Doubles title.

A left handed player with an absolutely immaculate touch at close net shots, he played for England 18 times between 1919 and 1933 and won the Men’s Doubles at the All England playing with George Thomas in 1921, 1924 and 1928. He was considered unlucky never to have won the Singles event. He represented Surrey in 1932/3 and also played for Middlesex, his last appearance being in 1938/9.

Frank Hodge was also a very successful lawn tennis player, keen golfer and took part in athletics. He also played chess with success.

He married Miss M Drake in August 1934 when they were both members of the Alexandra Palace Badminton Club.

After his serious playing days were over Frank Hodge did a good deal of work in connection with the Alexandra Park B.C. and acted as referee at the North London Championships, one of the biggest tournaments before the Great War.
Frank Hodge died in 1957.