Other names: Absalom
Locations in this story: Compton Chamberlayne, WiltshireBirmingham, WarwickshireMelbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetPlymouth. DevonBristol
Story: Absalom Lane was born in Compton Chamberlayne, Wiltshire, on 28 Feb 1883 and baptised there on 15 Apr 1883 the son of Absalom Lane and Jane Lane (nee Sanger). He lived his early life in Wiltshire and enlisted in the Royal Navy on 18 Apr 1902 as a Stoker (Service No. 300490). He was discharged on 27 Jul 1908. His parents had moved to White Pit Lane, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and from there he enlisted on the 8 Sep 1914 in the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 11008). He was posted to the 6th (Service Battalion) but shortly after, on 14 Nov 1914, had been discharged due to varicose veins. He had moved to Birmingham and had apparently re-enlisted and managed to joined the Worcestershire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 29616). There is no other information concerning his military service. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 133 King Street, Plymouth, Devon, working as a Navvy. His death was recorded in Bristol in 1951.