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Henry William Newman Fane

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Captain Henry William Newman Fane, OBE, JP, DL (6 February 1897 – 23 May 1976) was an English local politician who served as Chairman of Kesteven County Council and High Sheriff of Lincolnshire.


Early life and familyEdit

A member of the Fane family, Henry William Newman Fane was born on 6 February 1897, the eldest son of Colonel William Vere Reeve Fane (later King-Fane) (1868–1943), JP, DL, of Fulbeck Hall in Lincolnshire, and his wife, Helen Beatrice (died 1962), daughter of Thomas Houldsworth Newman.[1]

On 14 December 1946, Fane married Dorothy Mary (died 1986), daughter of Alexander Ogilvy Findlay, of Llantarmam in Monmouthshire; they had one daughter: Mary Helen (1947–2000), who married Michael Robin Fry, a graphic designer, and had issue.[1]


Following schooling at Charterhouse and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Fane joined the British Army,[1] being commissioned into the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery in the Royal Regiment of Artillery as a Second Lieutenant on 22 April 1915.[2] He served in World War I and was promoted to Lieutenant in September 1919,[1][3] before retiring in January 1923 with that rank.[4][nb 1] In 1937, he was appointed a Justice of the Peace and elected onto Kesteven County Council; in 1951, he became a Deputy Lieutenant,[1] and the following year was appointed High Sheriff of Lincolnshire[6] and was elected by his fellow County Councillors to be an alderman. He was successively Vice-Chairman (1957–62) and Chairman (1962–67) of Kesteven County Council, before chairing the Lincolnshire Police Authority in 1968.[1] He was a long-term Chairman of Sleaford Magistrates and a prominent member of the Divisional Conservative Association.[7] Described by the Lincolnshire Echo as a "leading figure in Lincolnshire public and political life for many years",[7] Fane was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1974.[8] He died on 23 May 1976, aged 79.[9]



  1. ^ When he reached the age limit of liability for recall in 1947, Fane was removed from the Reserve of Officers and granted the honorary rank of Captain.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mosley, Charles (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 107th ed., volume 2 (Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage & Gentry), p. 4138
  2. ^ "No. 29137". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 April 1915. p. 3923.
  3. ^ "No. 31567". The London Gazette. 23 September 1919. p. 11885.
  4. ^ "No. 32788". The London Gazette. 19 January 1923. p. 452.
  5. ^ "No. 37994". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 June 1947. p. 2852.
  6. ^ "No. 39489". The London Gazette. 11 March 1952. p. 1399.
  7. ^ a b "Death of Capt H. W. N. Fane", Lincolnshire Echo, 25 May 1976, p. 1
  8. ^ "No. 46310". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 June 1974. p. 6802.
  9. ^ The Times (London), 1 June 1976, p. 14
Preceded by
John Cracroft-Amcotts
Vice-Chairman of Kesteven County Council
1957 – 1962
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Frank Jenkinson
Chairman of Kesteven County Council
1962 – 1967
Succeeded by
J. H. Lewis