He started training in 1938, and then took over the managership of the South Harrow store. After four years in the Royal Air Force, he had a refresher course at East Tilbury, and, in 1942, took charge of the Dunstable store. Next he was manager at Kenton.
Born in West London, Mr Lancaster was a metal trainee, and a traveller, before he started with British Bata. He takes a keen interest in the Royal Air Force Association, and was formerly chairman of the Harrow branch. He spends much of his leisure time in motoring. He has two daughters and a son - Brian, who is well known for prowess as a weight-lifter.