1914 Star, with Aug.-Nov. clasp (Pte. 6/D.Gds:); British War Medal, Victory Medals (Pte. 6-D.Gds.); Memorial Plaque (William Edward Lane) in card envelope
William Edward Lane was born in 1894 at Leytonstone and attested for the Corps of the Dragoons of the Line at Stratford, London in September 1913. He was posted to the 6th Dragoon Guards on 17 January 1914 but following the outbreak of the Great War, he was attached to the 1st Life Guards, entering the Western Front with them at Zeebrugge on 7 October 1914 to form part of the 7th Household Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division.
He was killed in action on 6 November 1914 during an operation to support the 4th (Guards Brigade) near Zwarteleen following the retirement of some French in occupation of a section of trenches in the Brigade line. On this date, Wyndham’s War Diary contains the following entry:
‘3.15pm – …Regiment advanced with D Squadron on left, 2 Troops of A Squadron on right, and 2 Troops of A Squadron in support. M.G. Section remained in reserve, the wooded nature of the country not lending itself to the successful employment of machine-guns in the advance. The advance was successfully carried out on left across open to within 150 yards of wood through first E in Zwarteleen. The right did not advance quite so far. Great difficulty was experienced by all units in keeping touch with Troops on either flank. This was due to thickly-wooded nature of the country. D Squadron were finally forced to retire to South edge of woods by machine-gun fire.’
Son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Lane of 7 Gladstone St., Leytonstone, London and having no known grave, is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.