Before the peace was shattered by WWII

Bill, on L, with his dad, Arthur, his brother, Ron, and mum Lilian Lavinia.

Bill, on L, with his dad, Arthur, his brother, Ron, and mum Lilian Lavinia.

This photo must have been taken when dad was about 13/14 years old, perhaps in 1935/6 – when his world was relatively care free and people could enjoy themselves without any of the fear they felt a few years later when WWII broke out. Dad enlisted in the RAF when he was 18… how young to have been thrust into the life of warfare, so that on every operation he must have wondered if he’d survive!

At this point in his life dad went on family holidays to see his relatives and up to Blackpool to stay in a boarding house, he was in the choir, attended school and undoubtedly loved sports and cycling.

The shy boy hiding behind his father in the photograph would push himself, despite his stammer and feelings of fear, into a situation in which he would be forever in a state of readiness… to fight or die!

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