I started collecting military items at the age of ten, way back in 1967, by asking anyone that looked old enough to have served in WW2 for any badges, medals, buttons, helmets, webbing, etc. When, a couple of years later, I started a paper round, delivering newspapers for the Central News Agency it gave me the opportunity to meet more of the older chaps who had served, and to whom I was now delivering newspapers, and my collection grew steadily. They enjoyed telling me war stories and I enjoyed going back to see what badges they had scratched out since we last spoke.
The paper rounds also helped in that I was now getting some pocket money and would use portion of it to take the train from Muizenberg to Cape Town to visit the Military Museum at the Castle and the flea market on the Grand Parade, in front of the City Hall, every Saturday.
The SA Navy Officer in charge of the Military Museum was Mac Bissett. I don’t remember his rank at that stage, but he retired as a Commander and was awarded the Southern Cross Medal for his outstanding service to the South African Navy.