Born in 1944 at, Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, possibly the first to survive in the UK to mothers with a Rhesus Negative blood group, who has antibodies that kills all babies born after the first child. After encouragement by doctors in 1943 who read about a new treatment being developed in America involving a complete blood replacement I came into this world. Unfortunately, this precedure does not come without risks, it was to be the cause of my loss of hearing and spinal scoliosis. For the first seven months of 1959 attempts were made to straighten my spine at an Orthopedic Hospital in Coleshill and a major operation was planned for July, but the procedure was considered to be too risky, the treatment was stopped and I was returned to school..
My deafness was not discovered till about the age of four. After wasting the next three years at a local infant school, I started my (proper) education in September 1951 at the 'Royal School for Deaf Children' in Edgbaston, Birmingham, a residential school just on the outskirt of the city centre. This school had an observation platform built on the playing field which overlooked the canel and a busy railway line where I spent happy days doing a bit of train spotting ticking off the engine number in my little book. In September 1954, I was transferred to Needwood School (also residential) at Rangemore Hall, near Burton On Trent which was opened in January 1954
After leaving school in 1960 and a brief spell as a television engineer working for a local TV rental shop, I worked as a laboratory technican processing and printing photograph, mainly holiday snaps for customers who handed their films in at the chemists and photographic shops in the Midlands. In 1968, I enrolled on a course at the Nuneaton Art College to study photography, after gaining City & Guilds qualification in 1972 I got a post at the Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry Univerity) as a Visual Aids technican.
Please click on links below for my other websites:-
Alzheimer's - My Dad's Story
Lieutenant Pigeon / Stavely Makepeace
Bill's Photo Gallery