Born in a Shropshire "Squatter's Cave" near Nesscliffe, the author's Grand-Father saw service on
"The Somme" in the 1914 -1918 Great War, as a member of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry Regiment.
After the War he attempted to get work at Meadow Pit and along with most of the Nation's work force, struggled through
the 1926 National Strike, before spending 35 years at Ifton Colliery, Shropshire's largest. Albert Phillips retired aged
65 in 1964, four years before its closure.