Other names: Walter John
Locations in this story: Brickhill, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset.France & FlandersSt. John, New Brunswick, CanadaLiverpoolToronto, Canada
Story: Walter John Lane was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18th January 1892, the son of John Lane and Maria Lane (née Alner). The family lived in Brickhill, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. Walter married Mary Ann Furnell on 1st March 1913 in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. It is not known if there were any children of the marriage. He enlisted on 7th June 1916 as a reservist with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 4928). He was mobilized on 21st November 1916 and joined the Royal Engineers (Railway Troops), (Service No. 221243), but one day later transferred again to the RE (Road Construction Unit) with revised Service No. WR/25388. He served in France and Flanders and was finally demobilized on 4th October 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. By this time he was living at 6 Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. He and his wife sailed from Liverpool on 8th March 1920 on the SS Melita and traveled to St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, with the intention of permanently settling there. No more information is available except there is a memorial plate in St. John's Church, Enmore Green, stating he died on 21 Feb 1967 in Toronto, Canada. (His brother, James Lane, also served in the Royal Engineers during the conflict).