Francis Edwin Hodge enlisted with the Artists' rifles at the start of world war I and served on the Western Front. He produced paintings during this period some of which are at the Imperial War Museum.
Hodge studied at the Slade where he was taught by Augustus John, William Orpen and Frank Brangwyn. He was elected to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1929. He exhibited widely including at the Royal Academy and the New English Art Club.