Alan Lonsdale Lazenby
Alan Lazenby was born on 16 August 1915 and attended the School between September 1927 and July 1933.
During the 2nd World War, Alan served as a Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 101 Squadron flying Lancaster bombers.
In January 1944, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The citation reads “On a night in December 1943, this Officer was the pilot of an aircraft. Soon after the take-off, one of the aircraft’s engines became defective, emitting dense quantities of black smoke and a long flame from the exhaust. In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant Lazenby continued his flight to the target which, despite difficulty in gaining height, he successfully attacked, When crossing the North Sea, on the return flight, it was evident that, to complete the sortie, the petrol supply would have to be carefully governed. By skilfully using his engines, Flight Lieutenant Lazenby succeeded in reaching this country. He displayed great skill and determination throughout”.
Alan died on 3 January 1944, aged 28, during an air raid and is buried in the Berlin War Cemetery. His name is also recorded on the Grammar School’s War Honours Board — alongside the names of all of the Grammar School’s alumni to die in the First and Second World Wars.