The first bike I bought, when I joined the Royal Navy, a 1958 350cc single cylinder AJS16MS, photographed at Grenville Block, Royal Naval Barrack, Chatham, I traded her in for a 500cc twin cylider, 1958 Norton Dominator with an Avon Streamliner. unfortunately no picture of my own.


Norton Dominator 88 (1956-62)

Make Model: Norton Dominator 88

Year: 1956 62
Engine: Four stroke, parallel twin cylinder, OHV
Capacity: 497 cc / 30.3 cu in
Bore and Stroke: 66 x 73 mm
Compression Ratio: 6.8:1
Cooling System: Air cooled
Exhaust: Two into two, chrome
Induction: Amal 376 carburetor
Ignition: Coil
Starting: Kick
Maximum Power: 29.5 hp / 21.9 kW @ 6500rpm
Transmission: 4-Speed
Final Drive: Chain
Frame: Single down-tube
Front Suspension: Telescopic fork
Rear Suspension: Swingarm with twin plungers
Wheels: Polished steel, laced spokes
Dry Weight: 179 kg / 395 lbs
Top Speed: 163 km/h / 101 mph

When Christine was born I traded the Norton in for Matchless G9 500 twin with a Watsonian sidecar no photograph unfortunately

Matchless G9 500cc Twin Cylinder    Watsonian Sidcar advertisement

After an ejection from a bus near our married quarters in Chatham, for wanting to bring a child's carry wheelchair on, we traded the Matchless G9 sidecar outfit in, for our first car a Ford E van, the buses only ran one an hour into the centre of Chatham, the conductor said he had to many on already.

I purchased a 250cc Francis Barnett as a runabout in the Barracks and Chatham dockyard.




When I joined H.M.S. Osprey at Portland, 1962, I purchased two 500cc Vincent Comets, I used one as a daily runner and kept the second as a parts donor. When I was drafted to H.M.S. Rooke I sold one and left the donor bike in the backyard, as far as I know it is still there.



I was posted to H.M.S. Rooke at Gibraltar for a two years married accompanied draft, I purchased a Triumph Cub as a runabout bike.



I purchased my 1989 Harley Davidson 1250CC FLHTC, at Albemarle North Carolina in December 1990, I sold it




David's lorry the Lazy J, me with Harley FLHTC 1990


 Sharon and Jazz waiting to roll.


Sadly "Awesome" our Valkyrie has gone to a new home in Norway

My Biking days have come to an end after 62 years. 



(WOTI)  An International Goldwing Family Web Site. 


Honda Hoot 2004 06 26



Sharon and Barry at the WOTI Breakfast at Shoneys, Knoxville TN, photos, courtesy of Rick Melling.




I have several Canon film cameras, mostly FD. and a Mirorless Digital


My latest aquisition is a Nikon D810




We were traversing a Virginia section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, when we came across the Mabry Mill.

I took the opportunity to trigger off a roll of Black & White Agfa with my Canon T90 35-105 lens, all 36 are very satisfying.

A group of old car enthusiasts rolled in to the car park, this is two samples, I had to shoot from the rear, as too many modern cars, would have been in the frame from the front. If your car was there and you would like a copy email me.

An interesting fact about the Mabry Mill, is that, several States, claim it as being in their State, a very popular Postcard.




Brick walls

Thomas Wakefield Lockyer: b. abt 1852 in England.

Last record was on the 1881 census in Nether Hallum, Yorkshire, England.

Parents Thomas Lockyer and Emma Johnason.

Need to locate date and place of birth and date and place of death.

He was married to Emily Patience in 1871.

Aaron Bender: b. about 1803.

He was located in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.

Possibly from Pennsylvania.

Need to locate date and place of birth and date and place of death.

Daniel Hills: b. 1820. Need place of birth and parents.


A few of the surnames that I am researching:

Bender: Wisconsin

Hills: Wisconsin, Minnesota

Giffin: New York and Wisconsin

Zeman; Bohemia, Minnesota, and Washington state

Klouda: Bohemia, , Minnesota, and Washington state

Scheble: Ohio, Kansas, Texas, and Washington state

Wirshing: Pennsylvania and Kansas

Lockyer: England

Thompson: England

Duggleby: England

Duffield: England

Extoby: England

Bolton: England

Jackman: England



I am a member of the Royal Oaks Golf Club Ocala






The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds


The Audubon Society