He was educated at Alleyn's school, Dulwich, and went up to Hertford College, Oxford, in 1930 to read French and Italian. He found time to attend classes at the Ruskin School of Art, and become college captain of soccer and president of an Oxford music club. After taking a diploma in education, he taught French and English at Harvey grammar school, in Folkestone, Kent. In 1937 he married Judy Berry, and they had two children, Judith and Lawrence.
Source The Guardian