I was born in a small village of Emsworth just east of Portsmouth opposite Hayling Island in Hampshire.


Here I am as a teenager & before going in the navy. The lady in the hat is my grandmother & to my right is my brother John.

Photo taken on Southsea Beach Portsmouth.

I joined the Royal Navy when I turned fifteen as an engineering apprentice. I  trained in Scotland at M.T.E ROSYTH, traveling home on "The Flying Scotsman" to London Kings Cross, then across to Waterloo Station and then on to Portsmouth, all during the blitz.

 Here I am celebrating my 80th birthday with my family. CHEERS!