I was born at home in the back bedroom of 22, Courtenay Road, Perry Beeches, Birmingham 22c on November 10th 1938, unaware of the impending outbreak of a second world war or of the straitened financial circumstance of my parents. I think my mother and father would have preferred to remain as a unit with only my elder brother to care for. They had managed to put down a deposit and begin to pay off the mortgage on the newly built house in Courtenay Road. My arrival had caused them to have to think again about the future and, with my mother needing to devote herself to looking after two children under five years of age, continuing with the mortgage repayments was going to be impossible. So arrangements were made, probably by my mother, for suitable alternative rented accommodation to be entered into early in the new year of 1939.
We moved to 118, Tyndale Crescent, Great Barr, Birmingham 22a, which was to be the family home more than forty years - until, in fact, my mother moved into the flat in Reddish in the 1980s to be near us.