Ronald Lane

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Sir Ronald Lane
Ronald Bertram Lane Vanity Fair 22 March 1906.jpg
Sir Ronald Lane
Born 1847
Died 1937
Saxmundham, Suffolk
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1867–1909
Rank Major General
Commands held Garrison at Alexandria
Infantry Brigade at Malta
Battles/wars Anglo-Egyptian War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Major General Sir Ronald Bertram Lane, KCB, KCVO (1847–1937) was a British Army officer who became Military Secretary.

Early life[edit]

Lane was born on 19 February 1847, the youngest son and 10th child of John Newton Lane of King's Bromley Manor, Litchfield.[1] Through his father, he was a descendant of the Lane family of Bentley Hall (later of Kings Bromley) one of whom was Jane Lane, the English Civil War heroine.

Military career[edit]

Lane was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade in 1867.[2] He was appointed Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster-General in Natal in 1891, Aide-de-Camp to the Duke of Connaught as Commander of the Guards' Brigade in Egypt in 1882 and Assistant Military Secretary in Canada in 1883.[1] He went on to be Assistant Military Secretary at Headquarters in 1892, Aide-de-camp to the Duke of Cambridge as Commander-in-Chief in 1889 and Commander of the Garrison at Alexandria in 1898.[1] In December 1901 he was appointed Commander of the Infantry Brigade at Malta,[3] and he served as administrator of the government during the absence of the Governor, Sir Francis Grenfell, in July 1902.[4] His last appointments were as Military Secretary at Headquarters in 1903 and Lieutenant-Governor and Secretary of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in 1905 before retiring in 1909.[1][5]

In retirement he became Chairman of the Southern Alberta Land Company in Canada.[6] On 15 March 1920, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Suffolk.[7] He died at Carlton Hall in Saxmundham.[8]


In 1893 he married Augusta Sarah Beaumont, daughter of John Augustus Beaumont, developer of Wimbledon Park. Their only child, Captain George Ronald Lane was in the Coldstream Guards and fell in action on the Somme in 1916.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Ian Hamilton
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Spencer Ewart