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About the author:
Ray Whitfield Lane, born in 1918 at Calgary General Hospital, to Ruth Hill Lane and John Quinn Lane. Three sisters: Catherine, Ethel, and Frances. One brother, James.
Ray grew up in Calgary and small town Alberta (Three Hills, and Delia-where his father was tinsmith, undertaker and town cop all at the same time).
Dr. White, a British physician, lived with the Lane family for a period of time. White strongly influenced Ray's intellectual and artistic development.
As a young man, Ray worked for the Forestry Service in the National Parks. This was the source of his story "The Rubber Bear" in Key Porter's "Great Bear Adventures".
After the war Ray married Frances Augusta Oakes. They had two children-Ruth and Ian, and subsequently two grandchildren-Cassandra and Clinton. Ray worked long term at the Imperial Oil refinery in Edmonton. After Frances's death, Ray re-married to Odette Anne, then after her death many years later, married Lorna McGhee. Ray and Lorna continue to live in Edmonton. Ray Whitfield Lane is currently 93-years-old as of October 13, 2011.
Lane is an award-winning author and gifted watercolour artist, with about 60 articles and short stories appearing in the Esso Annuitants Newsletter, the Edmonton Journal and in Key Porter Books' anthology, "Great Bear Adventures."
In Chariots Of Iron
The personal adventures of a soldier in a Canadian Armoured Brigade during World War II from training to VE Day
Mr Ray W. Lane
In Chariots of Iron is the personal memoir of Corporal Ray W. Lane, an Alberta boy, during WW II in the Canadian Army. It begins with his training on Vancouver Island, an eye-opening view of army life in Eastern Canada and Britain and bloody front-line experience in Normandy and Northern Europe. Indeed, Corporal Lane got an unwelcome promotion to crew commander of his Sherman tank when the former crew commander suffered a fatal head wound.
After V-E day, there is a period of re-adjustment to civilian life. The author describes the smell of the tank's diesel fumes mingled with the smell of a friend's blood as it dripped on the tank's hot transmission and cooked. After the War, Lane could smell this mixture whenever he was near a diesel-powered vehicle.
- Publication Date:
- 1470011034 / 9781470011031
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography / Military