some singing experience as a choir boy before joining the
Royal Navy when he was 17. He gave seven years service including
service in the Far East and being part of the D. Day invasions.
During his Navy days, Gunner Whitfield would entertain his
shipmates aboard HMS 'Ramillies' and also in base hospitals
whenever he could.
When he returned
back to civvy life he worked in the concrete business though
he still sang whenever he got the chance at as many local
concerts as possible.
A major turning point
came when he was a big hit on the talent contest 'Opportunity
Knocks' a programme on Radio Luxembourg.