Other names: Gilbert Frank
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetGrove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersWest Ham, EssexWaltham Forest, LondonChingford, Essex
Story: Gilbert Frank Lodge was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7th November 1893, the son of James Lodge and Emily Elizabeth Lodge (née Brickell). He lived his early life in Cann and also at Grove Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He enlisted and joined the King's Royal Rifle Corps (Service No. 7136). He served with them in France and Flanders where he became a Lance Corporal. He later transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 447954) as a Corporal. On his discharge on 4th March 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Violet May Crumpton in West Ham, Essex, on 19th June 1921. They went on to have two children. By the 1939 Register he was living at 28 Barnham Road, Chingford, Essex, and was working as a Carpenter and Joiner. He died in the Waltham Forest Registry area in 1974. His brother, Cecil James Lodge (b.1888) also served in the conflict.