He certainly had a very colourful life Myth. According to my old man, a book could have been written about his adventures.He had a great life and lived to the max, by the sound of it.
In the mid 1930’s, he was a 14 year old stowaway on board a steam ship bound from London to Australia. After a few days he got found out and the captain of the ship asked if his parents knew where he was and he said no.
The captain then ordered him to write a letter to them to be posted at the first port of call, then let him work his passage – he wasn’t yet 15 years of age when he first sailed into Sydney harbour – fancy having an adventure like that at only 14.
He went on to become a Naval man serving wit the Royal Navy and then as a merchant sailor during the war.
I’ll have to speak to my Dad about it again, but his adventures I was told were legendary, including being imprisoned in Nigeria at some point for some drunken misdemeanour.