Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1900 & 09

Robert Lane (1830 - 1908)

Robert Lane was a Sergeant in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (which was also known as the 79th Regiment of Foot), and fought in the Crimean War.

He was born in 1830 in London and probably joined the Regiment in the early 1850s. In June 1854, his Regiment sailed from Portsmouth to Scutari (now in Istanbul) as part of the Highland Brigade for service in the Crimean War. It fought at the Battle of Alma, in September 1854, the Battle of Balaclava in October 1854, the Siege of Sevastopol through the winter of 1854, and the expedition to Kerch in the eastern Crimea in May 1855.

After returning briefly to the UK, the Regiment sailed to India to take part in the suppression of the Indian Rebellion. It took part in the Capture of Lucknow in March 1858 and the Battle of Bareilly in May 1858, remaining in India until 1871, when it returned to the UK. (It is not recorded when Robert returned home).

The 1871 census shows that 41-year-old Robert Lane was living at Main Street, Colmonell, Ayrshire, Scotland and was a Sergeant Instructor of Volunteers. His wife Rachel was aged 30 and born in Ireland. Their Children (all born at Colmonell) were Emma J. (b. 1863), Robert (b. 1865), William McCall (b. 1867) and Loorie (b. 1870).

By 1881 the family had moved to Salford and lived at 17, Egerton Street, Pendleton. Robert was a 51-year-old Army Pensioner 79 Regt Sergt. Additions to the family were George (b. 1874 in Ireland) and Alfred (b. 1876 in Salford). In 1891 the family was living at Robinsons Buildings, Weaste Avenue, Pendleton. Robert had no occupation, Emma was employed at a Bleach Works, William was a Bleacher, George had no occupation, Alfred was also a Bleacher and grandchild Lauria was born in 1885 at Church, Lancashire.

Robert's wife Rachel died in 1899 aged 59. In 1901 the family was living at 15, Edmund Street, Pendleton. Robert is aged 68, (although it should be 71), Widower and Living on own means. Emma is aged 37 and a Maker Up of Calico and Laura (granddaughter) is 16 and a Straightener of Calico.

Robert Lane died on 11th December 1908. The transcript reports that he was born in 1834 and was aged 74. The report in the Manchester Courier in 18th December 1908 reads "Yesterday at Weaste Cemetery the funeral took place of Robert Lane aged 76 of Seaford Road, Pendleton, a Crimean War veteran, who died on Sunday last."  However the census records give his birth as 1830, which would have made him 78.