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Full Name: Clive George Percival Lane
Rank Last Held: Trooper
Forename(s): Clive George Percival
Surname: Lane
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 211150
Date of Birth: 19 December 1921
Place of Birth: Gisborne, New Zealand
Religion: Presbyterian
First Known Rank: Trooper
Occupation before Enlistment: Baker's carter
Next of Kin: Charles Percival Lane (father), New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Date: 3 April 1941
Age on Enlistment: 19
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 11th Reinforcements
Embarkation Date: 12 January 1944
Transport: HMT 82
Destination: Egypt
Military Training:
  • New Zealand: 30 June 1941-12 January 1944
  • Middle East: 20 February 1944-29 April 1944
Campaigns: Italy
Last Unit Served: 20 Armoured Regiment
Place of Death: North of Giogoli, Italy
Date of Death: 3 August 1944
Age at Death: 22
Year of Death: 1944
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Florence War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference: VII. A. 14.
Biographical Notes:
  • Clive Lane was the son of Charles Percival and Minnie Esther Lane, of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Embarked from Alexandria for Italy 29 April 1944
Description of Image:
  • Group of soldiers, Armoured Regiment, Italy. 2 tanks. Caption from the photograph "Look for hole caused by shell which killed Owen Chatterton. Jock Kevern, Clive Lane & Frank Matthias were shot when they got out of tank"
  • Field graves of Clive Lane (on the left) and Frank Mathias, Florence, Italy.
Additional Information:
  • To Florence... 'This was the enemy's last real stand before the Arno, and when the advance was resumed the next morning (4 August two burnt-out Tiger Tanks, still smouldering were found just past the end of the sunken road. The more optimistic in the regiment claimed that their HE fire had knocked them out, a claim which greatly heartened 6 Troop at the time but which now seems hardly likely. The squadron commander, Major Clapham, thinks that they were probably brewed up by the artillery, the most likely possibility; Heptinstall himself, who was given some credit for the success at the time and has most to lose, says that' it is my personal belief that the Jerries brewed them up as they probably did not have enough petrol to move them back beyond Arno.'
  • These tanks had been the core of the enemy's opposition during the fighting of the last three days and their elimination, no matter who was responsible, virtually meant the end of the battle south of the Arno. Heptinstall won the MC for his outstanding ability and courage in this action, and others shared the credit with him: Sergeant-Major Reid, as aggressive as ever ('if there was anything Jack Reid liked more than a scrap it was another scrap'); Corporal Newman ('the magnificent, aggressive cool soldier as he always was'); the four men killed - Harold Chatterton, Frank Mathias, Clive Lane, and John Kevern.' from Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45 : 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment' by D.J.C. Pringle & W.A. Glue
Further References: The Official History of New zealand in the second World War 1939-45 : 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment' by D.J.C. Pringle and W.A. Glue
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