Other names: James
Locations in this story: Brickhill, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersMere, WiltshireChapel Cottages, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury
Story: James Lane was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 15th November 1883 and baptised there on 10th February 1884. He was the son of John Lane and Maria Lane (née Alner). His siblings included Charles (b.1878) and Walter John (b.1892), both of whom served with the Royal Engineers during the conflict. The family lived at Brickhill (now Church Hill), Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset. James married Florence Ellen Scammell in Shaftesbury, on 9th April 1910. They had one child. James enlisted on 12th May 1916 but was not mobilized until 4th December 1916 when he joined the 36th Training Battalion as a Private (Service No. TR/8/12450). He was transferred to the Royal Engineers (Road Construction Company) as a Sapper (Service No. 221332). He served in France and Flanders, during which time he had a fracture of his foot which left him with a limp. He was transferred again to the Royal Engineers (Transportation Branch) (Service No. 40132) but was soon discharged on 1st August 1918 being physically unfit for further duty and was issued with the Silver War Badge No. 381556. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. By the 1939 Register he was living at 2 Chapel Cottages, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, and working as a Roadman. He died in 1947 in the Mere, Wiltshire, Registration District.