Dick Barton is an adventurer.
That is probably the very best way to describe him as he does not really have a job and he answers to no one in what sorts of trouble he gets involved in. And Trouble is always the key word when it comes to the man. It is said that trouble always follows him but in many cases, Barton gets bored and goes looking for it.
Richard Barton was born in 1913 in Norwich, England. His father was part owner of a flour mill in the community and young Barton started work there as an apprentice. From his early days it was easy to see that Barton was a natural born leader as people seemed to take to him and usually follow his lead. He was also a no-nonsense fellow who disliked bullies immensely. Those who sought to harass him or those he were near soon learned how bad an idea that was.
When Barton graduated university after earning an civil engineering degree, he want to work at a local firm but soon tired of the tedium and left to construct a new harbor in far-off Argentina. That led to a role as a roving engineer heading to whatever part of the world had a problem needing his quick brain and decisiveness.
At the start of World War II, Barton returned to England and joined the Royal Engineers, commissioned to lead a team as part of the British Expeditionary Force. The withdrawals at Dunkirk saw Barton getting wounded while "fearlessly laying demolitions during the retreat" and earning a Military Cross. Once he was released from hospital, the biggest change in his life took place.
Rather than return to his engineering duties, Barton joined the No. 17 Commando Unit and from August 1940 until the end of hostilities, Barton and his platoon sargeant Snowy White "saw active service in the Mid East, South East Asia, and European battle zones with the M.E.F., S.E.A.C. and B.A.O.R."
With the demobbing that came to most in the military after the War, Dick Barton decided to not return to his old line of work but to spend his time seeking the adventure he had in the past six years become to know too well to leave behind.