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Young VaughanThose who join Vaughan on his walk will never find themselves searching for something interesting to talk about. A life on the ocean waves with the Royal Navy has lead to a varied career which the sixteen year old Vaughan Williams could never have envisaged when he joined up as an artificer apprentice in 1963 at HMS Fisgard, Torpoint, Cornwall. S47 entry, Frobisher division.

St Bart's Main EntranceThe GamecockBorn on 7th March 1946 in St Bartholomew’s Hospital, City of London, Vaughan spent his childhood in South London where his much loved parents, Dorothy and Arthur were licensees - their favourite pub being “The Game Cock” at Worcester Park. But the family’s hearts were in the Cornwall where they had holidayed since the 1930’s. So it was in Treknow near Tintagel that Vaughan bought his first home in 1967, and a few years later his parents both became well know “characters” in the area when they retired to “Hillcrest”.

Vaughan served seventeen very enjoyable years as a Marine Engineer, boiler specialist. His ships included HMS Troubridge (of Navy Lark fame) H.M.S. Dido and the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (of “We are Sailing” fame.) He was also school liaison in London, served in Chatham and Devonport dockyard workshops, and as a Charge Chief in the Commander in Chief’s staff in Portsmouth dockyard. Whilst on HMS Tenby he took part in the James Bond film, “You only live twice”

HMS TroubridgeH.M.S. Ark RoyalH.M.S. Dido

In 1979 Vaughan joined the British Coal Research Establishment at Stoke Orchard near Cheltenham and moved to South Worcestershire. This was an exciting, widely varying role as a research engineer, developing coal fired boiler plant, involving close liaison with government agencies, private industry, British standards and Brunel University, London. His role involved giving technical presentations to many foreign trade delegations and British MP’s.

Following a major round of redundancies in 1989, he joined a water treatment company in Aston, Birmingham as a senior technical advisor. This proved to be an amazing opportunity for him to inspect and carry out extensive surveys of major sites in the UK including Car plants, Coal mines, Breweries, Whiskey distilleries, Manufacturing plant, Food producers and Ministry of Defence sites. He even carried out a survey of the water distribution system in The Houses of Parliament

In 1991 he was asked to join a management training company providing resettlement courses for the M.O.D. throughout Britain and Germany. For the last 12 years Vaughan has been self employed, providing a wide range of training packages and consultancy for private industry, Home Office, Inland Revenue, Devonport dockyard and the M.O.D. helping disabled soldiers, sailors and airmen find new careers. One ex-sailor set up a mini brewery, made a profit, and retired to Normandy.

Worcester CathedralVaughan in Glad RagsVaughan’s interests are wide and varied. Following his father and grandfather he is a Freeman of the City of London and of the Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors, as well as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Loriners. He thoroughly enjoyed being a middle school governor for 12 years in Worcestershire. Vaughan collects British stamps, has over 2000 books, attempts gardening and plays crib in the local pub league. He likes DIY in all its forms so much that he rebuilt and extended his 18th cent. House, but his love is British history, especially Roman and Anglo-Saxon Archaeology. He helped dig a villa site at Frocester for a few years, and took part in three digs on “Time Team”, but his favourite dig was the Chapter house in Worcester cathedral.