William Woodruff: Biographical Details
William Woodruff was born in 1916, attended St. Peter's and St. Philip's schools in Mill Hill, left at 13, worked locally as a grocer's boy, then as a labourer in a Darwen brick-works. He went to London and worked two years as a 'sand rat' in an iron foundry. At night school he discovered a love of learning. He gained a scholarship to Oxford and embarked on a distinguished career as a historian and a writer.