LAZENBY, RICHARD 42511 Private Attached 56th Infantry Brigade

THE ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS

Born Leyland  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Died  Mesopotamia  11th August 1918

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 79.

Preston Guardian Sat. 31st August 1918

Mrs Lazenby, Union Street, Leyland has received official information of the death from enteric fever in Baghdad General Hospital on August 3rd (sic), 1918, of her eldest son Pte R. Lazenby, R.A.M.C..

Whilst acting as ward master at St. Elmo’s Hospital, Malta, Pte Lazenby gave a pint of his blood for a soldier who had been operated upon. He was 25 years of age and joined up on October 24th, 1914. He was a member of the St. Johns Ambulance Brigade and was one of the original members of the Leyland Parish Church Lads Brigade. Previous to enlisting he was employed at the Leyland Bleach Works.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine September 1918

‘FOR THE  FALLEN’

A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, August 21st, 1918 for George Glover, Loyal North Lancs.; Harry Morris, Tank Corps; and Richard Lazenby, R.A.M.C.. The Vicar gave a eulogy on each man; that on Richard Lazenby is given here in full:-

“After some months work with the R.A.M.C. in France, Richard Lazenby had spent a considerable time of service in the St. Elmo’s Hospital at Malta: at the end of the first years working at that hospital, the Commanding Officer had issued a General Order, congratulating the very large staff on its remarkable efficiency and attention to duty, and its entire freedom from misdemeanour.

Lazenby cared about his work, and the doctors had come to trust him and employ him for any work where special care was needed. It is well known to you how he volunteered to be bled in the interest of a patient who was dangerously ill from loss of blood. Lazenby was selected from the other volunteers and a pint of his blood was drawn, unhappily without the hoped for result of saving the other man’s life.

We may naturally surmise that the consequent weakness made it more difficult for his system to resist the attack of enteric fever which befell him soon after he had left Malta for the Mesopotamian region, and which occasioned his death in hospital on the 11th of this month.

By a strange coincidence the day of his death was exactly three years from the day when he last saw home. We shall love to remember him for what he was; an honest straight-forward lad and a devoted son, consulted and trusted in his own home. Nor shall we forget him as Secretary of our Morris Dancers, who were the delight of our streets and our festival in happier days. But most of all we shall remember that act of sacrifice, which has already kindled our admiration. Wheresoever Leyland friends shall be gathered together, there will always be told what this man has done for a memorial of him.”

A Memorial Inscription is on a stone scroll on the family grave in St. Andrew’s Churchyard:-

Richard Lazenby  R.A.M.C. Who died at the 65th British General

Hospital, Baghdad Aug. 11th, 1918  Aged 25 years And was interred at the

South Cemetery, Baghdad.

‘His Duty Nobly Done’

Richard Lazenby’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Richard Lazenby is buried in the:-

BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, IRAQ

Plot XIV  Row L  Grave 1

Age 25, son of Mary Lazenby of 24 Union Street, Leyland and the late Richard Lazenby.

Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery is 800 metres beyond the North Gate of the city of Baghdad on the south-eastern side of the road to Baguba. The cemetery contains graves from both World Wars.

Electoral Register, Leyland – 1918

24 Union Street   Mary Lazenby

Note 1:- No. 24 Union Street at the time of the First World War became No. 59 Fox Lane in present day numbering. (The old Infant School was not numbered at the time of the Great War, and it was only when photocopies of the old Urban District Council’s book ‘Re-numbering of Leyland – 1936 to 1939’ became available at Leyland Library, that it was possible to make sense of the old numbering of the remainder of the houses on the south side of Union Street after the present day No. 51).

Note 2:- The stone scroll on the family grave seems to contain an error: the name of the cemetery in Iraq is the Baghdad (North Gate) Cemetery and not ‘South Cemetery’.

Lazenby Richard. WE Waring 2003