Born in Wellington, Shropshire, I was raised and educated in the Rhondda Valley. From 1958 to 1960 I served in Brecon and Germany as a National Serviceman in the South Wales Borderers, a regiment now amalgamated into the Royal Welsh. On my demob I returned to Wales, though after some uninteresting jobs, I re-enlisted into the Army in 1963. I then served continuously until 2004, ending my long military career in the rank of Captain. During my career, I saw service in the UK (Northern Ireland), Germany, Hong Kong, Cyprus, North America (both USA & Canada), Aden, and Botswana. During one of my operational tours in Northern Ireland, I was award the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to my unit.