I was the youngest of 10 children, raised by my parents in Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds. I was educated at the local voluntary school in our village. I worked on a local farm, also with a local butcher, both lovely families from the village, before I was called up for duty in the Army. After the war, I was offered a heavy goods driving role, sadly being around six stone, this was all too much for me, but I had a very patient and understanding employer. With his help and that of my friends and family, I came through to better health and strength, enabling me to stay in the driving profession for my working days. I was a deacon at our local Cockfield Congregational Chapel, also a lay preacher for many years. I now live in town with my wife, still tending our small pretty garden and am looked after by my daughter and son -in -law.