I was born in the village of Wheldrake, East Yorkshire and have spent all my life in Yorkshire (East, North and West) apart from a short period in the 1970s when I was working in North London.

I was educated at Rylstone and District Primary School (home of the Calendar Girls) and Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton.

In my working life I was employed in banking, industry and the accountancy profession. I spent seven years working for a firm of chartered surveyors where I became accountant and Company Secretary to twelve companies. In later years I combined accountancy with teaching at further education colleges where my subjects included bookkeeping, accountancy and tax. I taught at Craven, Keighley, Shipley, Bradford and Jospeph Priestley colleges.

In retirement I acquired an interest in family history research – researching my own and my wife’s family history before helping others to start and progress their own family histories, particularly at the Cornerstone Community Centre at Cottingley but also at other locations.

I have researched the lives of the Cottingley men who served in the armed forces during the 1st World War and have staged exhibitions of my research. I made a significant contribution to the book “Men From Cottingley Who Served In WW1” and have also written and published my own book about life in Cottingley during WW1 entitled “A Village At War”.