Do you have a connection to Richard Farmer LANE from Loughborough in Leicestershire?

I recently bought a large bundle of old photo postcards and as always I scan the backs for any clues to possibly identify the people shown in them – one that caught my eye was this lovely old photo card of a man in his garden with beautiful flowers, as below:

Richard LANE photo

On examining the reverse it had been postally used in 1906 and was sent from Bournemouth to a Master D LANE at 12 Chapman Street in Loughborough in Leicestershire, as below:

Richard LANE photo reverse

The message reads:

Dear Dick, I hope that you are well and a good boy to your mother…… Your Affect Father R Lane

Many people say to me that they do not have much information or many clues to get areas of their family research underway and I always say that less is more and to prove this I wanted to see what I could discover about the LANE family from this old postcard.

On looking for the LANE family at 12 Chapman Street in Loughborough, I quickly found the 1911 census records, as below, which shows Dick the recipient of the postcard in 1911 aged 15 – his father is Richard F LANE whose occupation is a Joiner:

Richard LANE 1911 Census

Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 19113 Source Information: 1911 England Census

I then found the 1901 census for the LANE family, again as below, at the same address, however the wife’s name was Sarah Ann which was different from Amelia Elizabeth shown in 1911:

Richard LANE 1901 Census

Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 2977; Folio: 144; Page: 28 Source Information: 1901 England Census

It turns out that Dick’s mother Sarah Ann LANE had sadly died in the January quarter of 1907 aged 43 and Dick’s father Richard Farmer LANE had gone on to marry again in 1909 to Amelia Elizabeth COLLINS. The first marriage had been in 1890 to Sarah Ann SHEPHERD.

Then looking for Dick’s birth I found his birth registration in the October quarter of 1895 in Loughborough Registration District and his full name was Richard Albert Farmer LANE.

Researching Richard (Dick) Albert Farmer LANE further I discovered that sadly he had been killed aged 20 during World War 1 on the 3rd February 1916 and as you will see from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission certificate, as below, his father was still living at 12 Chapman Street in Loughborough.

Richard LANE Death WW1

Richard LANE WW1

Richard LANE WW1 2

Source Information: British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920

Dick’s father Richard Farmer LANE senior shown on the front of the old postcard died in the July quarter of 1955 aged 88 in Loughborough and I am sure he greatly mourned his son for many years.

If anyone has a connection to the LANE family from Loughborough please drop me an email as it would be lovely to reunite it with a family member if possible.

Many thanks

Simon LAST


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