Roy Broadbent Fuller was the elder son of Leopold Charles Fuller of Oldham, England, an industrial town in Lancashire, in the northwest of England, and of Nellie Broadbent. His father was manager of a rubber-proofing mill but died when Roy Fuller was only eight. Two years later, his mother and her two sons moved to Blackpool, a nearby seaside town, where Fuller received his education at Blackpool High School. He left there at age sixteen, the minimum leaving age then being fourteen, and was articled (apprenticed) to a local firm of solicitors (attorneys). He became briefly involved in left-wing politics and always retained left-wing sympathies. His northern upbringing, with its culture of wry, antiestablishment humor, became one of the distinguishing features of his poetic voice.
He completed his articles in 1934, passing the necessary exams to qualify him as a lawyer. He moved south for his first post, at a law firm in Ashford, Kent, in the southeast of England. There he met Kathleen Smith, whom he married in 1936. Their only child, John, was born January 1, 1937. Later John was to become a well-known poet and academic in his own right. Just before the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the family moved to London, where Roy Fuller joined the Woolwich Building Society, one of the largest mortgage lending societies in the United Kingdom.
In 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Navy, in which he served until 1946. He was one of the first technicians to...
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