Topic: Gane, Captain Francis Egmont
Memorial stone in Waihi Cemetery, Pikituroa Road, Normanby
Gane Gravestone, Waihi Cemetery
Inscription on Parent's Gravestone
(Francis Job & Belinda Gane)
Capt Francis Egmont Gane, M.A.
Professor of Classics, Winnipeg, Canada
Son of the Above [Francis J. Gane]
Killed in Action in France, 13th May 1916
Aged 31 Years
God's will be done
On the Battle Field of France
In a grave to us unknown
But his name is written in letters of love
In the hearts he left at home.
[Capt Francis Gane, Manitoba Regiment, is listed in the Canadian war dead and Cenotaph - see Web Links below]
He is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Belgium.
His name is recorded on the Normanby war memorial.(See Topic below)
GANE, Captain Francis Egmont, killed in action in France on 14 May, while serving with the Canadian forces, was a New Zealander, having been born at Normanby in 1885. He was brought up to farming pursuits but went to Klondyke with his elder brother after the latter had paid a holiday visit to NZ from that place. Mining, however, did not suit the younger man and he took up teaching as a profession, later obtaining his degrees of B.A. and M.A. He was on the eve of being married when war broke out and at once enlisted, being appointed a lieutenant and subsequently he was promoted to captain's rank and posted to one of the Canadian Highland regiments. Captain Gane was of the best type of New Zealander, a fine, high-spirited young man and his death has cut short a promising career. His parents still reside at Normanby and will have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their sad loss. [Auckland Weekly News 15.06.1916]
The attached image of Francis Gane is courtesy of -
Photo of Francis Egmont Gane – From: The Varsity Magazine Supplement published by The Students Administrative Council, University of Toronto 1916. Submitted for the Soldiers' Tower Committee, University of Toronto, by Operation Picture Me.
Francis Gane's brother, Cyril, was the developer of the well-known Gane Milking Machine.