During the Second World War he served as a wireless operator in the Royal Signals, joining in 1942. He saw active service in Algeria, Italy and France with Special Force Number 4 during 1944 and with Force 136 in India and Burma until the end of the war in 1945. Subsequently he was transferred to SEAC HQ in Singapore but later returned to Burma before demobilisation in May 1947.

When he retired in 1983 he was able to indulge his passion for steam trains, joining the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) at its inception. He was actively involved with the Stratford Area Group holding the position of chairman for eight years. On the railway itself he was perhaps best known for his role as stationmaster of Toddington and Winchcombe but was also a qualified guard and ground frame operator.

Bob was a happily married family man—his wife Betty supported him throughout his life and died in 2008. He is survived by his two sons, four grandsons and three granddaughters.