Bryan Desmond Uprichard ‘Mick’ Kane was the son of a decorated First World War soldier and later a diplomat in Fiji and the Soloman Islands. Bryan was educated in Sydney, Australia in the 1920s and by the late 1930s was in England. He married in Essex in 1939, As a Territorial he was mobilized at the start of the war and sent to the Middle East. He died from illness in Cairo in March 1942. His widow lived in Hayes Close, Chelmsford.
Mick was born around 1915, the youngest son of Richard Cecil Rutledge Kane and of Ethel Emma Kane (nee Thurston).
Mick's father had served as a Captain in the Royal Dubllin Fusileers during the First World War. He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry during a successful raid. He commanded the left flank party, killed one of the enemy with his revolver, bombed three occupied dug-outs, and held up an enemy counter attack till ordered to withdraw.
Between 1921 and 1929 Mick's father was the United Kingdom's fourth Resident Commissioner of the Solomon Islands Protectorate. In January 1921 the London Gazette announced that the King had confirmed his appointment as a Member of the Legislative Council of the Colony of Fiji (at the time he was District Commissioner, Rewa).
Mick was educated at The Sydney Church of England Grammar School from 1925-1932.
Bryan Desmond Uprichard KANE, Second Lieutenant, 104 (The Essex Yeomanry) Regiment,
Royal Horse Artillery. Died from illness in Egypt. Aged 27
In 1939 Mick played rugby for Chelmsford A rugby team. That year he married Rita Jones in the Maldon registration district.
During the Second World War Mick served as Second Lieutenant, 235313 in 104 (The Essex Yeomanry) Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery
He died, aged 27, from illness on 7th March 1942 in 9th General Hospital, and lies today in grave 1. B. 26 in Heliopolis War Cemetery in Cairo, Egypt. At the time of his death Mick's wife was living at 30 Hayes Close in Chelmsford. By coincidence the property was also at one time the home of Claude Jones.
Mick left an estate valued at £672 5s. 2d. with probate granted to his father, a retired civil servant.