How many of you have ever heard of a lad from the Copnor area of Portsmouth by the name of Walter Frederick Boyt Lane?
He was born in impoverished conditions in 1909 and joined the engineering branch of the Royal Navy followed by a stellar rise through the ranks.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross while serving in HMS Cossack at the second Battle of Narvik in 1940 and was then mentioned in despatches while serving in the battleship HMS Warspite.
After the war he was engineer-in-chief at Bath and then director of marine engineering at the Admiralty from 1958-1961. He retired as a rear admiral. Not bad for a Copnor lad.
If you ever knew of Walter at any time in your naval career, could you let me know as a reader has an interest. Thank you.