War hero’s closest living relatives visit Ankerside exhibition on his bravery

Wednesday, 28th March 2018

TWO of Colin Grazier’s closest living relatives were among visitors to an exhibition in Tamworth about the WWII hero who helped shorten the conflict.

Colin’s first cousins Carol Bridges and Arthur Lakin popped in on different days to see the display at Ankerside Shopping Centre. They also met Phil Shanahan, author of The Real Enigma Heroes, who is manning the event.

He led an award-winning media campaign to honour Grazier who died capturing vital codebooks from a sinking German U-boat in 1942. Grazier and two of his comrades, Tony Fasson and Tommy Brown, are commemorated with the three-anchor sculpture in St Editha’s Square.

Mr Lakin, 85, from Glascote, showed Phil the medal he was recently given for his service in the Korean War. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 15 and went on to become a member of the elite Special Boat Service. He said: “Colin was a lively, likeable type of person. It was Colin who inspired me to join the Navy.”

Mrs Bridges, 70, from Kingsbury, said: “I’m very proud of Colin and what he achieved. It’s lovely to see him being remembered in this way.”

Phil will be at the exhibition from 11am to 3pm on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Tuesday, April 3 to chat to shoppers and sign copies of his book.

“It was a privilege to meet Colin’s close relatives and they are justifiably proud of their family links,” added Phil.

Tamworth Informed spoke to Arthur Lakin on November 11 2017 following a remembrance parade.

Tamworth war hero Colin Grazier gave his life in a secret mission which historians acknowledge shortened WW2 by at least a year.
Tamworth war hero Colin Grazier gave his life in a secret mission which historians acknowledge shortened WW2 by at least a year.


This article was supplied to Tamworth Informed by Phil Shanahan.