Reginald Mount-Norris Lane

Reginald Mount-Norris Lane ©

Reginald Mount-Norris Lane ©

Date of birth: 1893
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 240904
Rank: Private
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st / 4th (T.F.)
Died: 12th March 1917 aged 23 years
Death location: Mesopotamia





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Life before the War
Reginald was the son of John and Mary Ann Kingcome, nee Gibson.  Both parents came from the New Forest area, Hampshire – John was born 1860, in Hythe, whilst Mary was born in 1859 in Marchwood.  They were married in 1882 in the area of the New Forest.

John left a Probate when he died in 1945:
“Lane John of 10 Grenfell Road Bournemouth died 10 April 1945 at 3 Comber Road Bournemouth. Probate Winchester 11 January 1946 to Howard Frederick Lane schoolmaster. Effects £2217 16s 3d”

On her death in 1943, Mary left a Probate naming her son Howard:
“Lane Mary Ann Kingcome of 10 Grenfell Road Moordown Bournemouth (wife of John Lane) died 18 March 1943. Probate Winchester 19 May 1943 to Howard Frederick Lane schoolmaster. Effects £2428 3s 4d”

Reginald was the youngest of four children, his siblings were:

Bessie Evelyn b.1885

Howard Frederick b.1886, he died in 1953 leaving a Probate:
“Lane Howard Frederick of 39 Eastbourne Avenue Southampton died 5 September 1953 at The Royal South Hants Hospital Southampton. Probate Winchester 2 January 1954 to Florence Mabel Lane widow. Effects £6119 2s 2d”

Wilfred John b. 1889

On the 1891 census return Mary was living with her parents, her sister, brother in law and nephew/niece at 1 Verona Cottages, South Street, Dibden which is near Southampton.  With Mary were her two children Bessie and Wilfred. Her husband was not with them when the return was taken, neither was her son Howard.

By 1901 Mary was living with her children at 18 Ordnance Road, in the area of All Saints, Southampton.  Again her husband was not at that address on the night of the census.  Bessie was working as a Cashier at a Draper’s Shop and Howard was a Pupil Teacher.  Her father in law, a retired Blacksmith and a niece, a mother’s help, were also living in the household.

Mary was still at the same address in 1911 with children Bessie, a Private Secretary to a Gentleman, Howard who was employed by the Borough Council as an Elementary Assistant Teacher and Reginald who was working for a Shipping Firm as an Apprentice Draughtsman.  Although Mary is still married her husband was again absent when the census was taken.  In total she had had 5 children but one had died by 1911.  She confirmed she had been married 28 years.


War Service

Taunton’s School Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1906 – 1909

Education and Employment: Reginald was born in 1893 in Southampton. After leaving school he worked as an apprentice Draughtsman for a shipping firm.

Life during the war: Reginald lived with his parents on Ordnance Road in Southampton. He enlisted as soon as war broke out and went to India in 1914 with the Hampshire Regiment. He served with the 1st/4th Battalion of the same regiment. Reginald was wounded in February 1917 while crossing the Tigris in a pontoon which he volunteered to row. He died of his wounds in Mesopotamia the following month. He is buried in Amara War Cemetery in Iraq.

Reginald died on 12th March 1917 aged 23 years.

Personal Effects – As his next of kin his mother, Mary Ann K, received her son’s back credit payments of £2 4s 4d on 16th May 1918 with a War Gratuity of £11 10s which was paid out on 30th September 1919.

A panel listing from Amara cemetery showing Reginald's name.

A panel listing from Amara cemetery showing Reginald’s name.


Reginald is Remembered with Honour at the Amara Cemetery . The Memorial Register reads:
“Lane, Pte. Reginald Mount – Norris, 204122. 1st/4th Bn. Hampshire Regt. Died 12th March, of wounds received in crossing the Tigris (Feb., 1917) in a pontoon in which he volunteered to row. Age 23. Son of John and Mary A. K. Lane, of 18, Ordnance Rd., Southampton. Panel Reference XIII. E. I.”

Note: When researching Reginald’s service documents there appears to be a considerable amount of different Regimental Numbers. The one given above was used on his death record.

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 14th August 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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