I was born on the 1st April 1941 in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England and was raised in Hampstead, London. On the same date an RAF Wellington bomber dropped the first 4,000-pound blockbuster bomb of the war: these two events are not connected.
On completion of my education in 1959 I was employed in various capacities in a wide variety of jobs trying to find my niche in life.
By late 1961 I was becoming increasingly disenchanted with the society in which I lived and learned that assisted passage from England was offered to suitable applicants for employment in the commonwealth. I applied to Bermuda, Hong Kong and Rhodesia. In February 1962 I arrived in Harare to join the British South Africa Police. I served in the force for twenty years, mostly in the various rural communities and, on being commissioned, some five years in Gweru and Bulawayo. During this time I also got married and, with my wife, raised three children.
On retirement from the Zimbabwe Republic Police force I joined a commercial engineering concern with whom I remained until 1994 when an opportunity arose for me to start my own engineering business. In 2014 I disposed of my business and started work for a similar business owned by my son.
That’s all can say about my full, enjoyable and not unsuccessful life in the brief words your editor allowed me.