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Cpl Francis Miller Lodge 51st Batt AIF


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Earlier this year, my wife and I made our first trip to the battlefields of Belgium (Ypres Salient).

Before we left home we visited the Avenue of Honour in Kings Park (Perth, Australia) to randomly collect the names of a few soldiers whom we might 'visit' when in Belgium.

Cpl Lodge was the very first name we came across after we parked our car.

Cpl Francis Miller Lodge 51st Batt AIF KIA at Passchendaele 12-Oct-1917 Aged 20 SN 2668 Buried at PASSCHENDAELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY XIII. D. 1. Son of Francis Wheatley Lodge, and Marian Lodge, of 31, Congdon St., Osborne, Western Australia. Born at Cottesloe, Western Australia.

We visited Belgium, found Cpl Lodge and left a memorial to him. It was very moving.

I am now interested in finding out if he has any living relatives. And anything else we can discover. I have his military papers from the AWM site.

I don't expect anyone to popup on this forum, but you never know with the GWF.

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West Aust BMD index records:

Francis Miller Lodge was the son of Francis Wheatley Lodge and Marian Miller. He was born 1897 in Cottesloe.

His parents married in Fremantle 1894. A tree in Ancestry records a date of 27 September 1894.

Francis Wheatley Lodge died in 1899, age 40. A tree in Ancestry records the actual date as 29 July 1899 with him being born 11 November 1856, Lincolnshire

Francis Miller Lodge had two sisters:

Mary Constance Lodge, born 1895 in Geraldton

Dora Marjorie Lodge, born 1899 in Cottesloe

Unfortunately I can find no other information.

Doug

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West Aust BMD index records:

Francis Miller Lodge was the son of Francis Wheatley Lodge and Marian Miller. He was born 1897 in Cottesloe.

His parents married in Fremantle 1894. A tree in Ancestry records a date of 27 September 1894.

Francis Wheatley Lodge died in 1899, age 40. A tree in Ancestry records the actual date as 29 July 1899 with him being born 11 November 1856, Lincolnshire

He had two sisters:

Mary Constance Lodge, born 1895 in Geraldton

Dora Marjorie Lodge, born 1899 in Cottesloe

Unfortunately I can find no other information.

Doug

Doug,

Wonderful effort. Thank you.

The GWF never ceases to deliver!

Regards

John

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Hi John,

I have had a look at his records at the NA which supports a lot of the above.

I also note that his mother was still alive in 1924.

In addition, there is a publication called "Australia's Fighting Sons of The Empire. Portraits and Biographies of Australians in the Great War". It includes a photo of Francis Miller Lodge at page 136 (attached) and a small summary:

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If you PM me your email I can send you the full image.

Doug

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Pleased to help John.

Just a shame we can't pick up the marriage of the sisters.

Unfortunately the WA BMD records for marriages stop at 1916. The deaths stop at 1940.

So we probably miss the marriage for the sisters and the death of Mum.

It appears from the trees on Ancestry that other researchers have encountered the same problems as they also come to a halt at the same spot.

Doug

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Doug,

You have gone well beyond the call of duty mate.

I am very impressed with what you have provided.

John

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Hi John,

Just remembered I have WA marriages to 1933 on CD. The girls are not on there nor did Mum remarry.

I wonder if they remained spinsters or moved interstate.

Doug

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Doug,

Even more interesting.

Perth is a small place.

I might try the 'seeking someone' pages of the local rag.

John

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John,

Matter resolved though not perhaps the one you wanted:

http://www.mcb.wa.gov.au/default.php

Lodge Dora Marjory 94 years 1993 Greenmount W.A.

Lodge Mary Constance 65 years 1961 Boya

Lodge Marian 81 years 1954 South Perth

If you had the time and the inclination you may find something more in the newspaper death notices. If you click on the surname for each of the entries on the website you will get more information such as date of death etc.

Doug

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I've found that there was also the following family living in Cottesloe at about the same time

Sydney Lodge m Isabel Jessie Backhouse

They had children:

Lancelot Sydney Lodge b.1900

Hope Vivienne Lodge b.1903

Surely this would be Francis (Jnr) uncle, aunt and cousins (and probably directly links to the family still living in Cottesloe)

Cheers,

Tim L.

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