During the 1920s his father was employed by Standard as an electrical engineer while his mother worked as a trimmer. When Standard moved from Cash’s Lane in Coventry to Canley, Morley’s father was part of the company’s maintenance department, with his mother taking up the role of receptionist – as well as her normal duties, this also saw her playing host to visiting celebrities, including famous racing drivers such as Prince Bira and Raymond Mays, royalty and even the occasional movie star.
With the onset of WWII, Morley’s father – exempt for military service as a factory worker – remained at Standard, adding the role of auxiliary fireman to his usual duties. Morley’s mother, who had previously joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), was called up and served with the ATS for the duration, achieving the rank of Sergeant Major. Morley was born during the wartime years on 20 April 1942.
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