Born in 1937, Barone Hopper was in care as an evacuee during and after the war, and in 1940 was "bombed out" in the London blitz, which left him homeless for 12 years.
His military life, from 1955-67 included national service and a period as a regular in the Royal Engineers, his thirteen months on Christmas Island making him a nuclear veteran. He was later a reservist in the Royal Engineers and a TAVR active reservist in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
Early, varied, careers included; working in a Fleet Street photographic agency; as a West End dance teacher and, also, the press office for New Scotland Yard.
Having qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse and in psychiatric child care, he became a Social Worker, working in child care, as well as with elderly and handicapped people. For more than thirty years he worked as a specialist psychiatric social worker, both in hospitals and out in the Sussex community.
He retired in 2000.