Born in Feltham, in the Borstal Officer's Quarters. Mother died when a ge 5. Family transferred to CampHill Borstall on the Isle of Wight. S ent to Home for motherless children in Ealing which was run by a Church organisation. At the outbreak of war(WW2) evacuated to a small village called Wendover in Buckinghamshire. Taken to Isle of Wight where fathe r had re-married to Nancy Cox. Sent to Duke of York's Royal Military S chool which at that time (1942) had been evacuated to a Hotel on the co ast of North Devon - Saunton Sands Hotel just a couple of miles from Br aunton(nr Barnstaple). Spent the next 8/9 years there. learned to play the flute in the fife section of the School's band. Sat a number of B ritish Army exams and ended with passing the Special Army Certificate - which equated to Entrance for some Universities. Sat London University Matriculation exam but failed in one subject - Maths - this was in Jan uary 1949 shortly after Appendix operation. Also sat and passed the San dhurst Military Academy Entrance - but failed the aptitude course. Afte r failure to gain entrance to Sandhurst was advised to enter Army "in t he ranks". Advice from school and father. Joined Army - "took the King' s shilling" and selected the Royal Artillery ( father's preference). Dr afted to Oswestry - on Welsh border - to a training camp.