Leane Fighting Family of South Australia

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Date: 1899 to 1945
Location: South Australia, Australiamap
Surnames/tags: Leane australian_army anzacs
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The Leane Family of Prospect, South Australia, are arguably the most dedicated family in that State to Australia's defence, especially during The Great War, 1914-19.
Five of the six Leane brothers served, some as high ranking officers and with two laying-down their lives. Five of their sons also served, with two losing their lives. Other nephews, cousins and in-laws also served in the Australia Imperial Force.

In this c1916 studio portrait are, left to right: standing: Major Benjamin Leane [1], Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Leane [2], Warrant Officer Class One Ernest Leane [3];
seated: Major Edwin Leane [4] and Major Allan Leane [5].
five of the six Leane brothers, c. October 1915
the Leane brothers
This page serves to list each serving member of the family and group them so as to honour their memory. Lest We Forget.
The brothers Leane, sons of Thomas Leane (1842-1900) and his wife Alice Short (1847-1932):
  • Colonel Edwin Thomas Leane CBE MiD (1867-1928) [4]; 12th Australian Infantry Battalion, before being transferred to the Australian Army Ordnance Corps; having already served in the Militia since 1888 and
    in the Second Boer War in 1900-01 4th (South Australian) Imperial Bushmen Regiment; all four sons served in The Great War.
  • Captain Allan Edwin Leane (1894-1917) [6] ; 48th Australian Infantry Battalion (Adjutant); served both at Gallipoli and the Western Front;
    died on 2nd May 1917 of wounds received at Bullecourt.r

  • Corporal Arnold Harry Leane (1896-1916) [10]; 27th Australian Infantry Battalion; served both at Gallipoli and the Western Front;
    killed in action on 5th November 1916 at Flers, Somme, France.r

  • Brigadier Sir Raymond Lionel Leane CB CMG DSO & Bar MC OStJ VD (1878-1962) [2]  ; 11th Australian Infantry Battalion, 48th Australian Infantry Battalion (Commanding Officer) and, later, Commander 12th Infantry Brigade; wounded four times. Was also commander South Australia's Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War 1940-44.
  • Major Benjamin Bennett Leane (1889-1917) [1]; 48th Australian Infantry Battalion (Second in Command);
    killed in action 10th April 1917 at Bullecourt, France.r

  • Their remaining brother, Norman Leane (1884-1970) [15], served in the Second World War, in the Volunteer Defence Corps 3rd Battalion.
During the First World War, the 48th Australian Infantry Battalion was unofficially known as the "Joan of Arc" (the Maid of Orleans) battalion because it was "made of all Leanes".


  1. 1.0 1.1 Virtual Memorial Major Benjamin Leane
  2. 2.0 2.1 Virtual Memorial Sir Raymond Leane CB CMG DSO
  3. 3.0 3.1 Virtual Memorial Ernest Albert Leane
  4. 4.0 4.1 Virtual Memorial Sir Edwin Leane CBE MiD
  5. 5.0 5.1 Virtual Memorial Lt Colonel Allan Leane
  6. Virtual Memorial Captain Allan Edwin Leane
  7. Virtual Memorial Geoffrey Leane MC
  8. Virtual Memorial Reuben Ernest Leane
  9. Virtual Memorial Lieutenant Maxwell Leane
  10. Virtual Memorial Corporal Arnold Harry Leane
  11. Virtual Memorial Corporal Ray Leane
  12. Virtual Memorial Lieutenant Kenneth Morton Leane
  13. Virtual Memorial Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Leane
  14. Virtual Memorial W/O Benjamin David Leane
  15. Virtual Memorial Norman Short Leane

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the Leane brothers
the Leane brothers

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