When Don reached the age of 18,
he had to do his national service and subsequently reported at Dortmen.
In 1947, he commenced his basic training in Bodwin, Cornwall with
The Duke of Cornwall’s Infantry regiment. Despite being qualified
for officers training he rebuked any such suggestion of a commission
and opted to stay with the ordinary ranks.
Don was trained as a telex-printer operator in Catterick, Yorkshire
and seemed to get on quite well with army life when left to his
own devices. However, being a staunch anti-authoritarian, he was
not the type of person who found it easy to follow orders and was
forced to stay in the army for another six months on top his two
years of national service.