Sidney Stanley Toone was born on 19 December 1913 in Ward End, Birmingham, England. He was the youngest child of Charles and Rose Toone and had a brother and two sisters. He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Aston, Birmingham, then went on to join the City of Birmingham Electric Supply Department (later the Midland Electricity Board) as a clerk in the Accounts Department. After the War, he went back to work and stayed with the same company, living in Birmingham, until his retirement in 1975.
He was always a keen sportsman, playing football, rugby, and hockey in his early years, and golf after retirement. His main sporting passion however, was cricket, and he was an accomplished leg spin bowler and lower order batsman who once had a trial for Warwickshire CC. He was also an avid supporter of Aston Villa FC.
He married Doris Tranter in June 1940, and in June 2000 they celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. They had a daughter, Patricia, and a son, Malcolm, and lived in retirement in Tywyn, Gwynedd, Wales. Sid Toone died on 8th May 2003.
The book was a response to family jokes that "Dad" was always telling stories about his wartime exploits (sometimes for the n'th time) and that he should write them down. At the age of 87, he originally wrote it out longhand, then typed it on a mechanical typewriter, and added the photographs, newspaper cuttings, and postcards, which he had kept since wartime. It was then published in electronic form by his son, Malcolm, helped by Julie Jenkins.
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