Eric Cox was born and brought up in Glastonbury, where his family had a market gardening business. In his youth he attended the Boys’ Brigade, which was affiliated to Glastonbury Congregational Chapel. After Dunkirk the Boys Brigade band would march soldiers to church every Sunday.
Veterinary surgeon John Brunsdon, (b.1929), joined the Glastonbury practice of Bryan Fletcher as an assistant in 1952, after attending the Royal Veterinary College in London from 1947 until 1952.
Stanley Baker was born in 1893 in the village of Westhay, Meare, near Glastonbury on the Somerset Levels. He worked as a wheelwright for his father, along with the local blacksmith they made wheels and wagons. Stanley’s other occupation was the village undertaker. He made coffins from elm and oak; the average cost of a coffin was fifty shillings.