Born in Dudley in 1923, educated at Kates Hill and The Baylies Schools.  Served in the Durham Light Infantry. Was a Labour Councillor for St John’s ward in the late 1940s. A man of many talents, he has worked in industry, driven coaches, ran the short lived Desto Coaches, and has been a raconteur in his own community doing stand up stints at the Cross Keys on Rowley Road.  A CD of his material entitled “Uncle Des” was produced by Roosters Studio in 2006.