Other names: John Stephen
Locations in this story: Hartgrove, East Orchard, Shaftesbury, DorsetFontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetSturminster, DorsetCann, Shaftesbury, DorsetMelbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersBedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: John Stephen Lodge was born at Hartgrove, East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21 Apr 1877 the son of Edward George Lodge and Amelia Jane Lodge (nee Bown). He married Emily Jane Curtis at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 20 May 1903 and by 1911 they were living at 85 Woodbridge Lane, Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset. John enlisted and joined the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 12702). He served in France and Flanders and later transferred to the 449th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps. On his discharge on 4 Mar 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Gear's Mill, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as a Farmer. His wife, Emily, died in 1947 and John re-married Margaret Emma Mary Joyce in 1949. John's death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry on 18 May 1958 and he was buried at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, on 21 May 1958.