A couple of years later a chance meeting with an old comrade led him towards a new career in HM Prison Service. He would go on to serve as a Prison Officer at Gloucester, Wandsworth and Latchmere, ending up as Chief Officer at Oxford until his retirement in 1981. His memories of the Prison Service are many and varied – some serious, but many others very amusing – and include a number of unusual incidents, such as the escape of Ronald Biggs from Wandsworth, to which the author was an eye-witness.
All told, this is a very interesting and entertaining memoir, which will give readers unfamiliar with the inner workings of the Royal Navy or the Prison Service an excellent insight into both institutions. And for those who have shared similar life experiences Inside & Out is sure to evoke many memories.