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Percy Belgrave "Laddie" Lucas, CBE, DSO, DFC, (16 July 1916 - 20 March 1998), was a legendary much-decorated English airman, left-handed golfer, author and Member of Parliament (MP). Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are... DSO medal The Distinguished Service Order (DSO) is a military decoration of the United Kingdom, and formerly of other Commonwealth countries, awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat. ... The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the United Kingdoms Royal Air Force and other services, and formerly to officers of other Commonwealth countries, for an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy... July 16 is the 197th day (198th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 168 days remaining. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (80th in Leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... This list of golf players, known as golfers includes the most notable players of the sport, who are almost exclusively professionals in the sport. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ...

In the Second World War he was one of the RAF's heroes, idolised by the rank and file, including famously the Australian Keith Miller. Joining in June 1940, he was assigned to the famous 66 Squadron in August 1941. During the Battle of Malta he commanded 249 Squadron. In 1943, he shifted to the command of 616 Squadron; later, he commanded the fighter wing at RAF Coltishall and finally the 613 Squadron Mosquitoes in Europe towards the close of the War. The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Keith Ross Miller (born 28 November 1919, died 11 October 2004, Melbourne, Australia) was a famous Australian Test cricketer and World War II pilot. ... Categories: | ... The naval Battle of Malta took place on July 8, 1283 in the entrance to Grand Harbor, Valetta, when a galley fleet commanded by Roger of Lauria (Ruggiero di Lauria) defeated a fleet of Angevin galleys commanded by William Cornut and Bartholomew Bonvin. ... No. ... RAF Coltishall is a Royal Air Force station near Norwich in eastern England. ... The de Havilland Mosquito (The Wooden Wonder, also known as The Timber Terror) was a British combat aircraft that excelled in a number of roles during the Second World War. ...

After the war he was encouraged to fight the 1945 general election as a Conservative and stood for Fulham West, where he lost to the sitting MP Edith Summerskill, one of Labour's most prominent women in government following their landslide. At the 1950 general election, he was elected as Conservative MP for Brentford and Chiswick. He held the seat at the next two elections, but retired at the 1959 general election. Clement Attlee Winston Churchill The United Kingdom General Election of 1945 held on 5 July 1945 but not counted and declared until 26 July 1945 (due to the time it took to transport the votes of those serving overseas) was one of the most significant general elections of the 20th... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative & Unionist Party) is currently the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), and the largest in terms of public membership. ... Fulham West was a parliamentary constituency based around the London district of Fulham. ... Edith Clara Summerskill (1901 - 1980) baroness of Kenwood was a British physician, politician and writer. ... The Labour Party has been, since its founding in the early 20th century, the principal political party of the left in the United Kingdom. ... The United Kingdom general election in 1950 was the first general election ever after a full term of a Labour government. ... Brentford and Chiswick was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Brentford and Chiswick districts of West London. ... This United Kingdom general election was held on October 8, 1959, and marked a third successive victory for the ruling Conservative party, led by Harold MacMillan. ...

He wrote a popular column for the Sunday Express, and was the author of several books on golf and airmen around the world, as well as an idiosyncratic but much-admired history of the Battle of Malta. The Daily Express is a British newspaper, currently tabloid, and it is owned by Richard Desmond. ... The naval Battle of Malta took place on July 8, 1283 in the entrance to Grand Harbor, Valetta, when a galley fleet commanded by Roger of Lauria (Ruggiero di Lauria) defeated a fleet of Angevin galleys commanded by William Cornut and Bartholomew Bonvin. ...

He had been a golf champion in school (the British Boys Championship) and captained the 1949 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team. After the war he was an administrator on the Sports Council. Although an amateur, he was influential in the founding of the professional tour in Europe in the early 1970s. At the time of his death he was serving as a vice president of both the Golf Foundation and the Association of Golf Writers. He and his family have had a long association with Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich in Kent. His father, P. M. Lucas, was one of the architects of the course in 1904 and the first club secretary, whilst Percy Lucas himself was actually born in the original clubhouse. There is even a commemorative plaque at Prince's by the 4th tee on the Himalayas course which marks the spot where he used his local knowledge of the coure to make an emergency landing after his Spitfire was crippled over northern France during the War. Today an annual golf tournament, the Laddie Lucas Spoon, is held each year at Prince's for boys and girls aged 8-13 years. The Walker Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in odd numbered years between teams comprising the leading amateur golfers of the United States and Great Britain and Ireland (in political terms the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland). ... Sport England logo Sport England (formerly the English Sports Council) is the body responsible for distributing funds and providing strategic guidance for sporting activity in England. ... Princes Golf Club, Sandwich is in Sandwich in Kent in South East England, on the same stretch of coastline as the more famous Royal St Georges and Royal Cinque Ports clubs. ... The Supermarine Spitfire was an iconic British single-seat fighter used by the RAF and many Allied countries in the Second World War. ...

He was married in 1946 to the sister of Thelma Bader, wife of his fellow flying ace Douglas Bader, of whom he wrote a best-selling biography. The word ace comes from the Old French word as (from Latin as) meaning a unit, from the name of a small Roman coin. ... Douglas Bader Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader CBE DSO and Bar DFC and Bar FRAeS DL LegH CdeG RAF (21 February 1910–5 September 1982); surname pronounced ) was a successful fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. ...

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Noel-Baker
Member of Parliament for Brentford and Chiswick
Succeeded by
Dudley Smith

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A LIVING HISTORY OF THE PIONEERS OF WARATAH,TASMANIA - pafg14 - Generated by Personal Ancestral File (614 words)
Percy Edward LUCAS [Parents] was born on 8 Jan 1859 in Kingston,Tasmania,Australia.
Amy Louise LUCAS was born on 10 Jul 1880.
Leslie Bertram LUCAS was born on 8 Jul 1885.
History (1110 words)
P.B. ('Laddie') Lucas, doner in 1989 of the Spoon which bears his name and the youngest of a family of five, was born at Prince's Lodge, Sandwich Bay, adjoining the original clubhouse, on September 2nd 1915.
His father, Percy M Lucas, twice Norfolk amateur champion, was co-founder, with Sir Harry Mallaby-Deeley, of Prince's Golf Club in 1904 and the principal architect of the course on which Gene Sarazen, the American, won the Open Championship of 1932 with a four round aggregate of 283.
Percy Lucas was also the first secretary of Prince's serving for 23 years from the start of the club until his death in 1927, aged 65.
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