Other names: Cecil James
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetGrove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetWestcliff on Sea, EssexHailsham, SussexFrance & Flanders
Story: Cecil James Lodge was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th February 1888 and baptised there on 13th May 1888, the son of James Lodge and Emily Elizabeth Lodge (née Brickell). He lived his early life in Cann until, by 1911, he had moved with his family to Grove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He enlisted and joined the King's Royal Rifle Corps (Service No. 240) and served in France and Flanders. He later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps as a Sergeant (Service No. 13393). On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He had married Barbara Emily Longman Hodgson at St. Alban the Martyr Church, Westcliff on Sea, Essex, on 4th September 1915 and they had three children. Regrettably Cecil's wife died in 1934. He subsequently married Edith M. Rumary at Hailsham, Sussex, in 1937 and they had one daughter. By the 1939 Register he was living at Dumbeck, Hailsham, Sussex, and was working as a Cowman. He died at Hailsham on 28th October 1962. His brother, Gilbert Frank Lodge (b.1893) also served in the conflict.