He started work at 13 years of age, in the Pheasant Public House in Reading, which was run by his family. In 1945 he took over the licence himself and carried on working behind the bar until he retired aged 67.
He died in Reading aged 83.
Tales of valour
Croix de Guerre with Palm
On many occasions he has collected and brough back on his own initiative valuable information at times when other means of communication were not available.
His never-failing cheerfulness and hsi great devotion to duty have always been exhibited in the highest degree.