Other names: James
Locations in this story: Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersMere, Wiltshire
Story: James Lane was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 15 Nov 1883 and baptised there on 10 Feb 1884 the son of John Lane and Maria Lane (nee Alner). The family lived at Brickhill, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset. James married Florence Ellen Scammell in Shaftesbury, on 9 Apr 1910. They had one child. James had enlisted on 12 May 1916 but was not mobilized until 4 Dec 1916 and 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 1 Aug 1918 being physically unfit for further duty. 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. (His brother Walter John Lane also served with the Royal Engineers during the conflict).