Roy Taylor was just one of the many thousands of young British men of the postwar era who were called-up for a compulsory two-year stint in the armed forces - an experience which defined their generation.
For most, it was a time that they now look back upon with affection, when at an impressionable age they were thrown together with many others from all over the country and forced to learn the value of discipline, self-reliance and comradeship. Not surprisingly, many came to feel that the lessons they learnt during these years set them up for life, and in this respect Roy is no exception.
For him, National Service represented a welcome escape from his less than happy home life, an opportunity to meet new people, learn a trade and visit new places... six new places to be precise - Cardington, West Kirby, Sandwich, St. Margaret's, Barkway and Truleigh Hill
In the course of his enjoyable account of his years in RAF uniform he takes us to each of these places in turn as he progresses through his training to his posting on active service and in doing so he provides us with a series of accurate and believable snapshots of the life of a young National Serviceman in the 1950s.