Growing up during the Second World War affected the upbringing of most children. Robert Franks recalls his childhood memories - living through air raids, the effect on his family, school life, then starting work at 15. Disliking army life during his three years as a regular soldier, where he trained as a welder. He later worked in a factory. Looking for a more interesting occupation at the age of 22, the Fire Brigade beckoned! Working hard to gain promotion to a supervisory position, attending many horrific incidents which he graphically describes, he also remembers many humorous episodes that occurred in fire stations. Retiring from the Fire Brigade in December 1985, he has since enjoyed a more relaxing way of life working on his land in the Sussex countryside - and writing Franks for the Memory - a wonderful legacy for his family and fascinating reading!