Bill was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. He served in the army in Germany, Sudan and Korea from 1950 to 1955. He came to live in North Shields in 1955, married and moved to Cullercoats in 1957. Bill helps with fundraising for the RNLI and maintains contact with retired RNLI crew.
Bill was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 1 March 2006. The interview took place at Cullercoats Community Centre and lasted 9 minutes and 55 seconds.
Moving to the North East
"Well, I came up to stay with a friend in North Shields after I came out of the army"
Well, I came up to stay with a friend in North Shields after I came out of the army. I was in the army for five years and served in the Korean War with him and he got wounded, but we kept in touch afterwards and he asked me if I would like to come and live up here and so he said, “come up and stay with us.”
And actually, my wife at one time was his girlfriend but they parted ways quite a while before I came on the scene, and we got together and got married and of course Josie’s from a fishing family, so I got involved in, because I came from the country, the seaside and the boats and things like that were all Greek to me.
Bill has 8 memories in the memorynet: