joined HMS Arethusa aged 13, liked the way of life and decided to stay
in the Royal Navy. In 1962 I joined HMS Ganges, moving on to the shorebase
named HMS Vernon in Portsmouth in 1963. I remained in Navy until May
1989 serving in frigates, aircraft carriers, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary
and other odd vessels. I also served on various trials teams, mainly
for Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment.
On leaving the Navy I became a quartermaster on HMS Warrior (1860) and in Jan 1991 moved backwards again historically to HMS Victory as a member of the Victory Corps of Historical Guides. I became the ship's Schools' Liason Officer for The Admiral Lord Nelson School here in Portsmouth and later the ship's Schools Liason Officer working with children from the age of five upwards. This led me towards work in the adult education arena in conjunction with other agencies outside the Portsmouth Dockyard Heritage area. A lot of hard work but great fun and very rewarding.
Now fully retired from (paid) working life I can follow my own passion of Royal Navy history and take my own good time about it. I have a vast collection of photographs, postcards and slides and the pleasure of my own library. If anyone should find they have any material on the Royal Navy they no longer require I can usually give it a good home to help in my research.