Devoted to making sure we never forget

A WOKING man has been devoting the last few months to putting together a commemorative display in honour of those people who lost their lives in the two World Wars and also in memory of his own father and son.

Neville Lazenby wanted to create the display as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to Goldsworth Road’s Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors for the caring way they looked after his son Steven after his death in 2012 from a brain tumour.

GRATEFUL – Neville (left) with Paul and tribute

GRATEFUL – Neville (left) with Paul and tribute

Neville and his wife Janette have remained in contact with Lodge Brothers’ local branch Manager Paul Thurtle ever since.

In this special year marking the 100th anniversary of Britain entering the First World War, Neville decided to design and construct a window display for the Woking branch of the undertakers.

The accompanying picture shows Neville and Paul flanking the display, in which Neville has included a picture of his late father, Sergeant Ralph Lazenby, who died in 2003. Ralph, who was an original member of the SAS in 1941, was sent out to the Middle East where, regrettably, he was captured and later imprisoned – in Stalag 357.

Also remembered in the display is Woking resident Walter ‘Charlie’ Brown OBE, who passed away in 2010.

Neville included four detailed figurines of soldiers from his own collection, which have generated a great deal of interest with passers-by, most of whom do a double-take.

Paul (and others at Lodge Brothers) would like it known they are extremely grateful to Neville and Janette for so generously contributing their time and talents in creating and building the highly emotive display.

STEVEN LAZENBY –  who tragically succumbed to a brain tumour in 2012

STEVEN LAZENBY – who tragically succumbed to a brain tumour in 2012

Lodge Brothers always promote Remembrance Day in their windows, and for this year their West Byfleet branch asked locals to bring in any photos they might have of late loved ones wearing uniform, to add to the display in memoriam.


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