Herbert Lodge

Aug 6, 1893

Born in New Brighton, Cheshire, England


Mar 12, 1908

Embarked the SS Dominion in Liverpool as part of a group of Home Children under the care of the Barnardo Homes



Mar 21, 1908

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario.  After a stay in Toronto, he was placed with the Willoughby family to be a servant on the family’s farm near Smiths Falls, Ontario


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59598 (temporary number 443)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Eleanor Lodge, 6 Cardigan Road, New Brighton, Cheshire, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

o   Employed as a Company Cook

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Aug 19, 1915

Court of Enquiry was held in to the disappearance of Private Lodge and he was struck off the strength of the 21st Battalion as a Deserter


Sep 14, 1915

The 21st Battalion embarked in Folkestone to proceed to France, however Private Lodge was still AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 25, 1915

After being taken into custody, Private Lodge was sentenced to 28 days Detention for his absence

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 39th Reserve Battalion for records purposes while in detention


Oct 26, 1915

On release from detention, Private Lodge was transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 27, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and Taken On Strength the 21st Battalion


Nov 3, 1915

Private Lodge rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in La Clytte, Belgium


Dec 15, 1915

Sentenced to 21 days Field Punishment No. 1 for:


Ø  Refusing to Stand To,

Ø  Being improperly dressed by not wearing his equipment

Ø  For using obscene language to an NCO


Mar 24, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No. 1 for

Ø  Leaving parade without permission

Ø  Being absent from 5 pm parade


Apr 30, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No. 1 for

Ø  Being absent from quarters without permission

Ø  Breaking out of barracks


May 3, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No. 1 for

Ø  Refusing to obey an order

This sentence was remitted by the General Officer Commanding the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade


Jul 11, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No. 1 for

Ø  Breaking out of the Guard Room


Jul 21, 1916

Attached to the Wood Cutting Party


Aug 3, 1916

Admitted to the 102nd Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Vertigo.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 34 Division Rest Station


Aug 7, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Aug 28, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the Wood Cutting Party and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Oct 3, 1916

Placed under arrest for refusing to obey an order


Oct 26, 1916

Tried by Field General Court Martial held at Bully Grenay, France and charged with

Ø  Refusing to obey an order by a superior and he entered a plea of Not Guilty

Testimony was given while behind the lines, and employed as a Cook, he was ordered by the Company Sergeant Major to proceed to the front lines and he refused.  The RSM was called, and Private Lodge still refused the order and was placed under arrest.

He was found Guilty of the charge and after a review of his previous record, was sentenced to 2 years confinement with hard labour.

It is worthy to note that both the 4th Brigade Commander and the 2nd Division Commander recommended that the sentence be suspended.  However, Lieutenant General J. Byng, the Canadian Corps Commander intervened and wrote “In the case of Pte. Lodge the act was a wilful defiance of authority, and there is no single extenuating circumstance.  I advocate most strongly that his sentence be undergone.”


Nov 22, 1916

Taken to the Military Prison No. 3 in Havre, France to serve his sentence.  This was actually a ship anchored in the harbour.  The hard labour consisted of unloading ships in the Havre harbour.


Oct 25, 1918

Released from detention on completion of his sentence and proceeded to the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples


Nov 11, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France


Dec 19, 1918

Private Lodge was to have rejoined the 21st Battalion on this date, but instead was attached to the CCRD (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Depot) and he remained in Aubin St. Vaast


Apr 3, 1919

Proceeded to England


May 17, 1919

Transferred to “O” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Jun 18, 1919

Embarked the SS Saturnia in Glasgow, Scotland


Jun 28, 1919

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and Taken On Strength Military District No. 4 and posted to Station “F” in Montreal


Jul 2, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Montreal, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 293260

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to Harry Willis, c/o George Strange, General Delivery Kamloops, British Columbia


Aug 8, 1968

Herbert Lodge died in White Rock, British Columbia and was buried in the Veterans Section of the Sunnyside Lawn Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia



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