I have two sisters, Eileen
and Mary. Our younger brother Michael (known mostly for his amateur
boxing days) who passed away on the 4th December 2003. All three families
live in Braintree, Essex the town the family eventually settled in after
moving out from Bermondsey, London, during the Second World War.
I was educated in Braintree
Primary School and Braintree High School. After schooling and an interim
job in a local shop, I enlisted in the Royal Air Force - June 1953.
I served 23 years in Mechanical Transport field and retired in October,1976
as a Flight Sergeant. I served in various stations in the United Kingdom,
Hong Kong, Hawaii and Masirah in the Persian Gulf. Have travelled through
most countries to get to various places. My last posting was to 38 Group
Headquarters at R.A.F. Upavon, Wiltshire.
I then completely changed
professions and joined the distribution world (for a couple of years
at KX Autoparts and then Lowfield Distribution / Tibbett & Britten
Group), as a Stock Controller, Warehouse Manager, Industrial Engineer
and retiring as a Project Manager.
I then worked part time
as a Technical Writer for Vision Logistics specializing in Distribution
and Logistics computer software until February, 2004.
During my service I met my
wife, Shui Chun (Jennie), in Macao, a Portuguese colony on mainland
China, during my first tour in Hong Kong. Shui Chun (Jennie) sadly passed
away on the 8th August 2003.
We have four children Alex,
Susan, Jacqueline and Nicholas, and four grandchildren.
We have now lived in Bloxham,
Oxfordshire, since 1976. It is a lovely village, 4 miles from Banbury
and on the edge of the Cotswolds.