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ID number:  BIRRC-H0005
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  University Heritage Collection
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Spectacles belonging to Raymond Lodge
Object type:  Miscellaneous
Materials:  Metal frame, glass lenses
Measurements:  13.5 x 2.5 cm
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Wire rimmed weak reading glasses, one of several personal artefacts found on the body of Raymond Lodge after he was killed in action during WWI. Raymond Lodge, the youngest son of Sir Oliver and Lady Lodge, was born in Liverpool in 1889 and was educated in Birmingham. He enrolled on a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Birmingham in 1906, but there is no record of his graduation. After two years practical training he went to work for the family engineering company, Lodge Brothers. Having volunteered for service in 1914 he was trained in Liverpool before being sent to France to fight in the trenches. He was killed on 14th September 1915 and his death prompted the beginning of his parents interest in Spiritualism. There is a memorial plaque for him in St Georges Church, Edgbaston.

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