Veterans

Kenneth Ralph LASCELLES


Ken was born in Lincoln on 8th March 1922. At the outbreak of the war, he joined the Royal Navy, serving primarily with HMS Javelin (No 2 Mess) and the battleship HMS Nelson "The Nellie". Often at action stations for days on end, Ken was on the pom-pom guns, which he referred to as 'Chicago Pianos'. He mentioned having to take 'Benzedrine' to stay awake. After the war Ken left the navy and had a varied career and with his wife, Noreen, worked in Canada, the USA and UK in the security industry. He ran "Ken's Mobile Market" around the isolated villages of Lincolnshire; founded a debt collection agency; a property renovation company; ran a porcelain and china outlet; became an art teacher (having attended Lincoln Art School in his early years) and undertook charitable work. In his latter years Ken became carer for Noreen (after she suffered a stroke) until his own ill-health finally challenged his ability to do so. Ken finally 'crossed the line' on 14th March, 2009 aged 87. Remembered, with love, for his resourcefulness; energy; dedication and a terrific sense of humour.

With thanks to Dave Lascelles (Kens younger brother) for this information.

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