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Newton Frederick Seymour LANE

Regimental number665
Place of birthAlbrighton, Shropshire, England
SchoolMalvern College, Worcester, England
Age on arrival in Australia24
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 11.5"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Vera A. Lane, High Street, Campbelltown, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed in South Africa 1900-1901 with Imperial Yeomanry.
Enlistment date26 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Newcastle, New South Wales, on board HMAT A36 Thirty Six on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death38
Age at death from cemetery records39
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in St Luke's Anglican Cemetery, Campbell Town, Tasmania. Parents: Col. Cecil LANE C.M.G., and Adela LANE: husband of Mrs V. LANE. Native of Shrewsbury, England. Photo: Kent Fitch
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915. Wounded in action, 5 November 1915 (shell wound, thigh; remained at duty). Disembarked Alexandria, 20 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Joined Western Frontier Force, Canal Zone, 29 December 1915. Admitted to 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, 16 June 1916 (leg ulcers);transferred to 31st General Hospital, Port Said, 24 June 1916; transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 30 June 1916. Transferred to England, 12 August 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 26 August 1916. Discharged to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 7 September 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 12 December 1916; taken on strength, 50th Bn, 17 December 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 28 March 1917 (influenza); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 28 March 1917; to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 6 April 1917; to 2nd Convalescent Depot, 6 April 1917;to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 21 April 1917; rejoined unit, 28 May 1917.

Killed in action, 8 June 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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