1908 Born on 19 March in Hale, Cheshire, United Kingdom.
Educated at St. Bees College, Cumbria
1927-1928 Joined the British Merchant Navy. Sailed twice around the world.
1929-1936 Lived in the USA, worked on non-photographic jobs during the Depression years.
1936-1938 Returned to the U.K. Joined BBC television as a stills photographer.
Acquired his first 35mm camera.
1939 Free-lanced in London through the Black Star Agency.
1940 Photographed the Blitz in London for LIFE, PICTURE POST and other magazines.
1939-1947 War correspondent for LIFE Magazine.
Military Service as a war correspondent:
West Africa with the Free French
Eritrea with the Foreign Legion
Ethiopia with the Indian Army
Iran with the British Army
Northwest Frontier with the British Army.
Tobruk and Western Desert with the British Army
Burma Campaign with the Chinese Army
North African landings with the American Army
Sicilian landings with the American Army
Italian campaign with the British Army
Monte Casino with the Ghurkas
D-Day Normandy with the British Army
Liberation of Paris
Liberation of Brussels
Liberation of Holland
Crossing the Rhine with Churchill and Montgomery
German surrender at Luneburg with the British Army
Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
Liberation of Denmark with the British Army
1947 In May left LIFE magazine and with Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson
and David Seymour, became a founder member of Magnum Photos.
1948 Based in Cyprus. Covered stories in North Africa, Middle East, India and Africa.
1948-1949 Cross-Africa Expedition. Travelled from Capetown to Cairo by road.
1950-1952 Worked in USA, West Indies, Europe and Middle East on assignment or photographing on
speculation for magazines in USA and Europe.
1953 Made around the world documentary for Standard Oil Company.
1954-1956 Based in the Middle East covering stories on assignment and on speculation.
Made two more visits to East Africa.
1957 Sahara Desert Expedition for National Geographic Magazine and other publications.
1958 Six months' travel in East Africa covering tribal and wild life, on assignment for magazines
including LIFE, National Geographic, Holiday, London Illustrated, Paris Match, Der Stern.
1959 Took up residence in U.K. Worked on assignments for magazines, film companies, industry,
company reports, etc.
1977-1979 Returned to Africa on three occasions concentrating on tribal life, assisted by the
Arts Council of Great Britain.
1980-1990 Worked on exhibitions, print sales, books and archive material.
1995 Died in Smarden, Kent on July 24.