14th March 1950 –

I was born on Tuesday 14th March 1950 at Malvern House, Springfield, Rowley Regis to my parents, Doug and José Butler. At that time my father was a teacher at Tividale County Secondary School and we were living at 152, Oakham Road, Dudley.

Doug and José Butler

My memories of Dudley are pretty minimal but I do remember going to the hospital on the back seat of my father’s car (or one he had borrowed) with some problem with my left leg. The leg ended up in plaster and a short stay in hospital (I was with it, of course!). I found this photo of me wearing a brace, I think in 1952. The little girl was Angela. To this day, I still don’t know what was wrong with my leg but it seems my lips were working okay though!

Schools I attended

Camp School , Maidstone Road, Rainham, 1955 -1957

Fairview Junior School, Drewery Drive, Wigmore, 1957 – 1961

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation School, Benghazi, Libya, 1961 (Summer term only)

Adams Grammar School, Newport, Shropshire, 1961 – 1962 (Boarding school)

Gillingham Grammar School. Third Avevnue, Gillingham, 1962 – 1968