Project Description

WILLIAM THOMAS LODGE 1888–1918

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Born April 1888, Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 6th May 1888 St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Married September 1910 to Gertrude Beatrice Roberts at Shirebrook, Notts

Died of wounds 9th September 1918 age 30 in Rouen military hospital complex, France

Buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. grave ref R.II.P.8

Remembered on Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial

Radcliffe on Trent School Register

Admitted 29.8.1892

1891 Census

Age 2 living in Brickyard Houses at the Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent, with parents, Thomas and Emma and his cousin Elizabeth, 5 months

1901 Census

Age 12 living at the Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent with parents, Thomas, railway signalman, and Emma

1911 Census

Age 22 living with parents Thomas and Emma Lodge and his wife Gertrude Beatrice Roberts at the Harlequin. He is employed as a joiner.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 204692

Military Unit: 10th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, 51st Brigade, 17th (Northern) Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 2.11.17. Total war service abroad 10 months.

Enlisted as coal miner, although he calls himself a joiner, of Rock Cottages, Shirebrook. Living Wainfleet, Lincs., enlisted in Shirebrook

Height 5ft 8½ins, chest 37½ins, weight 150 lbs

Parents Thomas and Emma Lodge of Bingham Rd, Radcliffe on Trent, husband of Gertrude Beatrice

12.12.15: Enlisted

5.7.15: Joined depot of Sherwood Foresters, 5th Reserves

19.7.17: Posted to Louth, UK

2.11.17: Posted overseas, arrived 141 Base Depot Calais

6.11.17: Posted to 10th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters

11.8.18: Gassed, admitted to 53 Casualty Clearing Station

15-18.8.18: Admitted to hospital, Rouen (precise date unclear on record)

9.9.18: Died of wounds, Rouen

The 10th Bn were approximately 10 miles east of Amiens when William Lodge was gassed.

The battle of Amiens took place 8-12th August and was the start of the Hundred Days Offensive. The hospital at Rouen was approximately 133-152 km south west of Amiens.

Total military service: 2 years, 272 days. Widow received pension of 13s.9d a week

Copy of letter returning personal effects to widow. They included letters, photographs, 2 pipes, wallet, religious book, leather belt, cards, knife, razor, 1/2d stamp, watch, electric torch, 3 badges.

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Go to WWI Timeline to see how this man’s death is part of the wider story of the war.

Other information:

Wife Gertrude married Harry Tyson, Sept quarter 1919. Address in 1919 – 113 Station Road, Shirebrook, Mansfield.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.

St Sever Cemetery extension
St Sever Cemetery Extension, France