Amore Care’s Berelands House Care Home in Prestwick, ,held a special ceremony to present 100-year-old resident and real-life hero, Wallace ‘Wally’ Lashbrook, with a Bomber Command Clasp for his courageous efforts as a bomber pilot during the Second World War.
Squadron Leader, Wally Lashbrook MBE DFC AFC DFM, who is from Ayr and was awarded an MBE in 1978, joined the RAF aged 16 as an apprentice fitter, working alongside T.E.Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia.
He flew countless missions over Nazi-occupied Germany and Italy and narrowly escaped with his life on numerous occasions. In 1943, Wally’s plane was shot down over the French/Belgian border and he only just made it out of the burning, spinning aircraft before hiding out in the woods with a French family and going on the run for nine weeks.
Although many of the clasps are sent to recipients via post, to commemorate Wally’s heroism, Group Captain Bob Kemp of the RAF presented Wally with the clasp at a big party held at Berelands House, which was enjoyed by Wally’s fellow residents, their friends and family and members of staff.
Amore Care Berelands House, in Prestwick, South Ayrshire, is a modern, purpose-built facility that provides residential and nursing care for older people with a variety of needs and prides itself on offering a caring and comfortable environment both indoors and outdoors.
Anne Smith, Home Manager, said: “Everyone at Berelands House is fascinated by Wally’s stories of his heroic past. He is an extremely well-liked and respected character and it was only fitting that we held a special ceremony to present him with such a highly esteemed award.”
Wally Lashbrook said: “I have had a very colourful life and I often think that I am very lucky to be alive. It was a great honour to receive my Bomber Command Clasp and it made it extra special that Group Captain Bob Kemp personally delivered the award and that I could celebrate with everyone at Berelands House.”