The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Dennis Richard
Regimental #:
‘A’ Company,
Place of Birth:
Shipton, England
Father's Name:
George Lane
Mothers's Name:
Elizabeth Lane
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Plasterer, Fixer and Greaser
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 24.
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
‘E’ Force Borneo
4/6312 & 1783
Cause of Death:
Place of Death:
Sandakan No1 Camp
Date of Death:

General Description

Dennis Lane & Lew Lonsdale
Dennis Lane & Lew Lonsdale WX16727 RTA.


LANE, Private, DENNIS RICHARD, WX16439, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 16 January 1945. Age 24. Son of George and Elizabeth Lane, of Boulder, Western Australia. Panel 18.

Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.

Please read further about ‘E’ Force and Sandakan

Dennis was born in October 1922 at Shipston-on-Stour England, the son of George and Elizabeth Lane. He had two sisters and a brother.

Dennis attended school at Trafalgar, before the family moved to Boulder, Western Australia. After leaving school he worked at a plastering works in Kalgoorlie.

He enlisted at Boulder in September 1941 and was posted to 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion as a Reinforcement, boarding ‘Aquitania’ 15 Jan 1942 and joining ‘A’ Company.

His plaque at Kings Park Honour Avenue is placed alongside the plaque of his brother, Private Anthony Lane, who was killed in action in February 1942.

In recognition of Lane brothers.


Brother to Dennis is Private Anthony Lane, service number WX12342 of 2 Independent Company, was killed in action at Timor on 20 February 1942.



“Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of WX16439 Private Dennis Richard Lane, 2/​4th Machine Gun Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of E Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POW’s who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW’s were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound. Private Lane, aged 24, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 16 January 1945. He was the son of George and Elizabeth Lane, of Boulder, WA.”


Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
  • Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak