1929 – Born February 4th at 10 Maple Street (Home of his maternal grandmother)
1932 – Move to 1 Clifton Road, first of many moves
1933 – First mention of attending Sunday school
1934 – Aged five begins ‘formal education’ at the Woodlands School
1934 – Moves house again, to a council house in Rock Ferry. Transfers to Well Lane Board School
1936 – Again changes residence, this time to Tranmere to save money as a result of his father’s continued health issues.
1937 – First short lived job as a delivery boy for a local shop
1938 – With the the threat of war looming, moves with his family to a flat above a butcher shop which provides them the use of a bomb shelter.
1939 – Joins the local ‘gang’ of boys, whose aims included ‘The defeat of Adolf Hitler’. Spend much of their time hunting out German spies.
1939 – Formal education comes to a halt as school is closed by the war and threat of air raids.
1941 – Back in school and again moves house
1942 – Joins Navy Sea Cadet Corps, begins long relationship with the organisation
1943 – Leaves school and holds a variety of short term jobs
1943 – Begins attending night school in pursuit of employment as a chemist, short lived.
1945 – Meets his future wife, Hazel, for the first time
1947 – Joins the Territorial Army, beginning a career in the armed forces
1951 – Returns to the UK to mother suffering with MS
1951 – Marries his wife, Hazel
1953 – Leaves military service, begins life as civilian
1953 – Begins police force training
1956 – Sworn in as PC on 6th of April
1958 – Wife Hazel gives birth to their first child on 8th December
1959 – Ends 12 year Army engagement, after six years on reserve
1967 – Leaves the police force, leaves home on Merseyside and moves to the north east
1974 – Leaves Sea Cadet Corps after 18 years of involvement