Towards the end of 1962 two young lads were leaving school with the whole world before us. Tony and I didn't want to work in a foundry in Lincoln or as a farm labourer in the Fens. We certainly weren't going to a University as our interest was set on
the world outside. Tony suggested that as his older brother was in the Army that we might join up. We set off to the local recruitment office and were met at the door by a huge Sargent Major type chap that scared us off....'Lets try the RAF!' said Tony. Well
they would only take us as dog handlers as we had no qualifications as such. Ok only one thing for it...LET'S JOIN THE NAVY!! . So off we went. The Lt made us welcome we took a simple test and after a few days that was it! WE WERE IN THE NAVY!
Now I knew nothing about ships, none of my family had any Navy connections and I had never even seen a Warship. In a few months we were in. Tony as a Seaman, me as an Engineer. Tony went in a month before me. So I was alone travelling to Suffolk HMS GANGES
a boys training ship - it no longer exist but if it did it wouldn't as it was so politically incorrect and inhumain by today's standards - but it was the way boys were made into men and it worked!
During my time there I was selected for being a Telegraphist.
They took what they said 'the cream' of the recruitment and trained them as Communicators. Best move I ever made!