Other names: Harry James
Locations in this story: East Orchard, Shaftesbury, DorsetWeymouth, DorsetFrance & FlandersMelcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset
Story: Harry James Lodge was born in East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9 Jul 1881 the son of William Lodge and Phoebe Lodge (nee Stokes). He lived his early life in Hartgrove, East Orchard, until by 1901 he had moved to Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset, working as a Plasterer. He married Nina Lavinia Bowering in the Weymouth, Dorset, Registry District in 1904. He returned to East Orchard to live by 1911. He enlisted with the Leinster Regiment as a Private (Service No. 5365). He served in France and Flanders and, whilst there, received a gun shot wound in the neck. He was discharged as being no longer physically fit on 31 Mar 1919 and was granted a pension. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals together with the Silver War Badge No. B160884. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 6 Belle Vue, Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset, described as a Disabled Pensioner. His death was recorded in Weymouth in 1970. His brother, George Stokes Lodge, also served in the conflict.