Other names: Vernon Cyril Clare
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersCamberwell, Surrey
Story: Vernon Cyril Clare Lodge was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18 May 1898 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 11 Sep 1898 the son of Clare Edgar Lodge and Ida Eleanor Lodge (nee Pounds). He lived most of his early life in a house near the Fountain Inn, Enmore Green, Tout Hill, Shaftesbury. He had enlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 66559). He served from 16 Nov 1915 in France and Flanders and on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living with his parents, still single, at 13 Acacia Grove, Camberwell, Surrey, working as an Advertising Representative. His death was recorded in Camberwell in 1967. His name appeared on a Roll of Honour published in the St. James Church, Shaftesbury, Parish Magazine in Nov 1918.