- Name: Samuel HODGE
- D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1840
- D.O.A: 30th Jun, 1866
- D.O.D: 14th Jan, 1868
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Private, 4th Battalion The West India Regiment
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
Tubab Kolon, The Gambia 30 June 1866
30 June 1866
The British presence in the Gambia had been confirmed by the Treaties which ended the Napoleonic Wars. In 1816 Bathurst (now Banjul) had been established at the mouth of the River Gambia to help enforce the abolition of the Slave Trade. The territory up river was ruled by a number of petty chieftains who were constantly at war with one another. Between the 1850s and 1890s instability was greatly increased by the Soninki-Marabout Wars, which had their origins in the attempt of adherents of a strict form of Islam, the Marabouts, to impose their rule over their less religiously observant neighbours. In 1862 Maba, one of the Marabout leaders, invaded the Kingdom of Barra on the north bank of the Gambia river, opposite Bathurst. He was unable to sustain his authority but when one of his former lieutenants Amer Faal continued to harass Soninki refugees who had settled on the north bank of the river, Colonel G A K D’Arcy, the Administrator, mounted a punitive expedition against him. On 26 June 1866 D’Arcy, with 270 men, composed of two companies of the 4th West India Regiment and 100 Gambia Volunteers, occupied Albreda on the north bank of the river without bloodshed and with 500 native allies advanced on Amer Faal’s stockaded village at Tubab Kolon. On 30 June it was stormed. Private S Hodge, and Private Boswell who was afterwards killed, volunteered to hew down the stockade. The fall of Tubab Kolon ended the campaign. For a later action at Tontiataba, Gambia, see the narrative for 13 March 1892 (W J Gordon VC).
For his bravery at the storming and capture of the stockaded town of Tubabecolong, in the Kingdom of Barra, River Gambia, on the evening of the 30th of June last. Colonel D’Arcy, of the Gambia Volunteers, states that this man and another, who was afterwards killed, pioneers in the 4th West India Regiment, answered his call for volunteers, with axes in hand, to hew down the stockade. Colonel D’Arcy having effected an entrance, Private Hodge followed him through the town, opening with his axe two gates from the inside, which were barricaded, so allowing the supports to enter, who carried the place from east to west at the point of the bayonet. On issuing to the glacis through the west gate, Private Hodge was presented by Colonel D’Arcy to his comrades, as the bravest soldier in their regiment, a fact which they acknowledged with loud acclamations.