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Albert Francis LANE

Regimental number5043
Place of birthDarby's Falls, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressDarby's Falls via Cowra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, W Lane, Bennett Springs via Cowra, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work at Le Touquet on 8th/9th May 1917.'
Recommendation date: 9 May 1917

FateKilled in Action 23 May 1918
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot XI, Row E, Grave No. 7), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Sarah LANE, Bennett's Springs, Cowra, New South Wales

Military Medal

'At LE TOUQUET on the night of 8th/9th May, 1917, Private A.F. LANE was one of the bombing squad on the left of "D" Gap. At 1 a.m. an enemy silent raid entered "D" Gap and was moving towards our support line when they were fired on by rifle and a Lewis gun, and commenced to withdraw. As soon as the enemy began to move back, and without waiting for orders from his Officer, Private LANE dashed out of his bombing bay along the Gap in order to cut off the party. He was stopped by the wire in the gap after going about fifteen yards, but proceeded to bomb from there, and had thrown more than a dozen bombs, when joined by the remainder of the squad. There is no doubt that he inflicted casualties on the enemy, and the prisoner taken had his arm shattered by a bomb. He later accompanied his Officer, 2nd Lieutenant McLEAN, on his two patrols into No Man's Land. This patrolling was particularly difficult as the moon was full, and the trenches at this place were hardly 75 yards apart, and was under fire of an enemy machine gun. Private LANE set a splendid example of dash and initiative to his bombing squad and throughout conducted himself in a most courageous manner.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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