I was born in Finchley, London on 9th March 1931 while heavy snow was falling. My father slipped and slid through the thick snow in the dark to fetch a doctor for my mother who had been in labour for three days. It was a traumatic event for mother and child.
My father, Herbert Leslie Crouch, was the 9th child of James William and Kate Emma Crouch. The family lived in an estate bordering the Great North London Road, not far from Dick Turpin's famous oak.