following is from a page 1 article in the 30 Aug 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.
of Severe Fighting
Those Canadian Regiments that for
the past fortnight have been battling so bravely for the
possession of Lena, must have contained quite a sprinkling of
Norfolk soldiers. The casualties, that began to arrive Saturday,
are much the heaviest since Vimy Ridge.
In contrast to what happened
then, however, the fatalities are far less in proportion to
wounded. It will be remembered that in the taking of Vimy Ridge
more Norfolk boys lost their lives than were reported wounded.
So far we have noted the
796182 -- Pte. Ernest Christian
Quanbury, of Woodhouse.
797537 -- Pte. W. Cade of Windham.
Died of Wounds
624144 -- Private Arthur Henry
Lane, of Simcoe.
following is from the same source.
Died of Wounds
A member of the 133rd Battalion.
Son of Mr. H. M. Lane, who, with an elder son, went thirty months
ago, and are working in munition factories in Coventry, England.
A letter from the father
enclosing a photograph of the son, Arthur, taken in France,
reached The Reformer two days before word of the boy's death came
following is from a page 1 article in the 27 Sep 1917 issue of
the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.
Chaplain of Pte. Lane's Battalion
France, Aug 19, 1917
Dear Mrs. Lane: -- You will know
now the sad news of your son's death, Private A. Lane.
It may be some comfort to you in
your great sorrow to know some details of his funeral. I buried
him this (Sunday) afternoon in the cemetery here. It is a peaceful
and pretty spot and will always be. He lies side by side with many
other brave men who have given their lives for the freedom of the
Some of his comrades were at the
graveside, and his coffin was draped with the Union Jack.
The Matron is writing to
you and I can assure you that everything that was possible
was done for him. With every sincere sympathy and hope that
you may find Divine comfort in your great sorrow, I remain,
Martin S. Ware.
Lane: -- You will have received the sad news before now
about your son, Private A. Lane, 7th Canadians.
admitted to the hospital suffering from very severe wounds
in his thigh, and he was very ill and collapsed. All that
was possible was done for him, but he did not rally and
passed away peacefully after midnight.
I don't think he felt
much pain. He was too weak to speak or to send any messages.
Please accept my sympathy in your sorrow and loss.
E. S. Cook,
Sister in Charge.
following is from a page 8 item in the 15 Aug 1918 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.
Other In Memoriam appeared on page 5 of the 14 Aug 1919 Simcoe
Reformer and on page 7 of the 19 Aug 1920 issue.
Lane -- In loving memory of Pte.
Arthur Lane, died of wounds, August 18th, 1917, aged 18 years. As
long as life and memory last, we will remember thee.
Sister and Brothers
see Arthur's Attestation paper: side
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Photo from microfilm