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13 October 2021

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13 October 2021

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A fine Second War C.B., C.B.E., Great War M.C. group of sixteen awarded to Major-General Sir Charles Lane, K.C.I.E., who served in France in 1914 with the 19th Lancers as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force, later commanded the 20th Lancers, and was Representative in India of the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command, 1944-46

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B. (Military) Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt and enamels, complete with neck cravat in its Garrard & Co case of issue; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, C.B.E. (Military) Commander’s 2nd type neck badge, complete with neck cravat; Military Cross, G.V.R.; 1914 Star (Lt. C. R. C. Lane, 19/Lncrs.); British War and Bilingual Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Capt. C. R. C. Lane.); General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Kurdistan (Capt. C. R. C. Lane. 20-Lancers.); 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Burma Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with M.I.D. oak leaf; Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937, these last twleve mounted court-style as worn; Poland, Republic, Order of Polonia Restituta, 3rd Class neck badge, silver-gilt and enamels, complete with neck cravat; United States of America, Legion of Merit, Commander’s neck badge, gilt and enamels, named on the reverse ‘Major General Charles R. C. Lane, British Army’, complete with neck cravat, earlier medals with contact marks but generally very fine or better (16) £3,000-£4,000

K.C.I.E. London Gazette 23 May 1946 (S.E.A.C.).

C.B. London Gazette 1 January 1943.

C.B.E. London Gazette 5 June 1943 (Persia-Iran Force).

M.C. London Gazette 3 June 1916.

M.I.D. London Gazette 15 May 1917 (France), 5 June 1919 (Egypt), and 19 October 1944.

Order of Polonia Restituta awarded 1945.

Legion of Merit London Gazette 19 November 1948.

Charles Reginald Cambridge Lane was born on 4 December 1890, and educated at Bradfield and R.M.C. Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1910 and served with the Indian Expeditionary Force in France as A.D.C. to Brigade Commander and Divisional Commander from November 1914 to May 1916 (Military Cross, June 1916); G.S.O. 3 in France, May 1916 to December 1917; Brigade Major, France, December 1917 to May 1918, and with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, May 1918 to May 1920, serving in Egypt, Palestine and Syria; D.A.A.G. India, February 1924 to September 1925; G.S.O. 2 India, September 1925 to May 1928, and February 1930 to November 1931; Commanded the 20th Lancers, 1936-38; Area Commander in India, 1940; Deputy Adjutant and Q.M.G., 10th Army, and D.Q.M.G. Bases and Lines of Communication PAIFORCE 1942-43; Commander 303 L. of C. Area, India Command, 1943; Deputy Principal Administration Officer, H.Q. Supreme Allied Command, S.E.A.C. 1943-44; Representative in India of the Supreme Allied Commander, S.E.A.C. 1944-46. Major-General Sir Charles Lane retired from the Indian Army in 1947. He was Principal Regional Officer with the Ministry of Health from 1947 to 1957, and died on 14 September 1962.