He was the son of Major Edward Hodge (1782-1815) of the 7th Hussars, a notable soldier distinguishing himself throughout the Napoleonic wars, particularly the Peninsula campaign and Battle of Waterloo, where he died.
As a Lieutenant-Colonel, he commanded the 4th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoon Guards at the Battle of Balaclava. He later rose to the rank of general.
He was the author of "Little Hodge: Being Extracts from the Diaries and Letters of Colonel Edward Cooper Hodge Written During the Crimean War, 1854-1856"
He is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.