Bob’s own words:
“I stayed with myGrandmother in Helensburgh when the war started and went to Hermitage School 1939. I started as an apprentice electrician in Glasgow in 1942, but was called up to the Army on 21st December 1944.
I trained to be a Wireless Operator, learning Morse Code after training in Whitby and Scarborough. I was posted to India and spent most of my time in Madras. I came back to Pocklington in Yorkshire until I was demobbed in January 1948. I started back in Glasgow to finish my apprenticeship! Reduced to 4 years. Archie Mcquorkindale (is that how you spell it?) got me started in Estates Department at Glasgow University. I studied at Night School and managed to become in charge of Electrical Engineering in the expanding department. Distribution of electricity expanded from 415 volts to 6Kv then 9kv. The university expanded with sub stations being situated in many buildings in Hillhead. I think that the rest of the story can wait until I am giving the Illustrated Talk.”