Born in London 1931, Frank was evacuated, for a short time, at the outbreak of the Second World War. Back home, Frank went through some bombing raids; in particular, the ‘Doodlebugs', the flying bomb and, later, the more threatening V2 rockets.
At eighteen years of age, he was conscripted to two years' army service.
He later joined the Merchant Navy in 1957, travelling the world in a tramp steamer.
Frank emigrated to Australia in 1960, where he worked on major dam and road projects and as a kangaroo shooter in the outback, New South Wales. He met his first wife, and with three children to support, got a permanent job with NSW railways.