|Birth:||27 May 1900|
|Death:||15 January 2015|
|Age:||114 years, 233 days|
Lang was born at Worsbrough, near Barnsley, to miner Charles Lancaster and his wife Sarah. Members of her family had also experienced longevity. Lang's mother lived to the age of 91, one of her sisters lived to be 104 and her great-grandmother died in 1848 aged 92. Also, at the time of her death, her daughter Margaret was still alive at 91 years old.
She left school at the age of 13 to work in a shirt factory. She married William Lang, the son of an alderman and councillor, in 1922 and they had a daughter, Margaret (later Bates) in 1923. Her husband died in 1988 at age 92. She lived independently until the age of 105.
Lang died on 15 January 2015 in Barnsley, at the age of 114 years, 233 days. At the time of her death she was the fourth longest-lived person ever in United Kingdom, after Charlotte Hughes, Annie Jennings and Eva Morris. After her death, Gladys Hooper took over as the United Kingdom's oldest living person. She was also one of the last two surviving subjects of Queen Victoria along with Violet Brown and the last British person to have lived during her reign.
- ↑ Table E Gerontology Research Group
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Ethel Lang: Shirtmaker and coalminer's daughter whose death at 114 made her the last Victorian in Britain The Independent. 26 January 2015
- ↑ Britain's oldest person Ethel Lang dies aged 114 The Telegraph. 16 January 2015
- ↑ Ethel Lang: Britain's oldest person – the last Victorian – dies aged 114 The Independent. 16 January 2015
- ↑ Ethel in fine form aged 108 The Star. 2 June 2008