25th County of London Cyclist Battalion
The London Regiment


Sir Francis Patrick Fletcher VANE Baronet

Vane was born at 10 Great George’s Street,[2] Dublin 1861 to an Irish mother and English father. He was raised in Sidmouth, Devon, England and educated at Charterhouse School. In 1876, Vane enrolled at the Oxford Military College.[1]
Military career

After military college, Vane was assigned to the Worcester Militia, Scots Guards[3] and for a stint with the Submarine Mining section[4] of the Royal Engineers over the period of 1883-1888. In 1886 he began residing at Toynbee Hall in East London. That same year he started a 'Working Boys Cadet Corps'. He became a captain in the 26th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers in 1888. While serving in the Second Boer War (1899–1902), he was appointed a magistrate in 1902. He was removed from that position for supposedly being too "pro-Boer".[1] He wrote "The War and One Year After" pamphlet in 1903 criticising the British method of war. With his follow up pamphlet, Vane was "retired" from the military.[2]

At the start of World War I, Vane returned to the Army as a recruiting officer with the rank of Major and was sent to Ireland, attached to the Royal Munster Fusiliers.

Between military stints he worked at the Daily News, Manchester Guardian, Westminster and Truth employed Vane from 1902 to 1904 as a reporter for South Africa. He was a Liberal general election candidate for Burton. Following that he became active in antiwar and suffragette campaigns from 1907-1912.[1][2] He published two more items: Walks and Peoples in Tuscany (1908) and On Certain Fundamentals (1909).

By 1909, Vane was the Boy Scouting Association's (BSA) London Commissioner.

He succeeded his cousin Sir Henry Ralph Fletcher-Vane as baronet in 1908. His first wife, Anna Oliphant da Costa Ricci, daughter of the Baron Anselmo da Costa Ricci of Portugal, whom he married in 1888, died in 1922. Vane became a Knight Commander of the Order of Christ (Portugal) in 1889. He married his second wife, Kathleen Crosbie in 1927. Sir Francis died in 1934 aged 72, after spending his last year of life in ill health at St Thomas' Hospital in Lambeth.[14]

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