Other names: George Stokes
Locations in this story: East Orchard, Shaftesbury, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetWest Bourton, Gillingham, DorsetAbingdon, Berkshire
Story: George Stokes Lodge was born in East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25 Oct 1884 the son of William Lodge and Phoebe Lodge (nee Stokes). He lived most of his early life in Hartgrove, East Orchard. He had originally enlisted in 1901 as a Boy in the Royal Navy (Service No. 214764) but purchased his discharge shortly thereafter. He married Ida Bessie Matilda Curtis in the Shaftesbury, Dorset, Registry District on 26 Oct 1910. He enlisted during WW1 and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 201999). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge on 27 Apr 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 6 West Bourton Road, West Bourton, Gillingham, Dorset, working as a Jobbing Gardener. His death was recorded at the Abingdon, Berkshire, Registry in 1971. His brother, Harry James Lodge, also served in the conflict.