Daniel recalled :
"Invicta Infants School" which my sister had attended four years before him.
."Sherrington Primary School in Charlton" which I left to go the secondary school in 1958 and he joined after me in 1962.
"Greenwich Park" which I visited with my family on sunny, summer, sunday afternoons to see the flower gardens and enclosed deer.
" Blackheath" which I roamed over with my friends and caught stickle backs and tadpoles in its ponds.
" the streets of Deptford" where I grew up in Armada Street and went to my first school at Hughs Field.
"Lewisham" where I was born and worked in a shop as a 'saturday boy' when I was at school and as a dustman when I was a student "and New Cross" where I went on family sunday visits to see Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Lou and my two cousins in Chipley Street.
" the bomb sites on the Isle of Dogs"
" the wharves and shadowy laneways of the South East London docks" where my Uncle Charlie worked as a docker.
When I compare our early years, Daniel :
* lived in 'middle class' Greenwich in a house on Crooms Hill ( left) next to the Park and I in a council house (right) near Blackheath Village.
* had a famous father, Cecil, who was the poet laureate and mother, film actress, Jill Balcon, the daughter of Michael Balcon, Head of Gaumont-British, Ealing and British Lion studios and I had a dad who worked as a 'saw doctor' in a timber mill in Deptford and mother who worked part-time in a grocery shop in Blackheath Village.
* found himself among tough South London kids and being of part Jewish ancestry and 'posh', was often bullied and I was one of those South London kids, possibly with part Jewish ancestry who wasn't bullied.
* mastered the local accent and mannerisms and credits that with being his first convincing performances and I, naturally, had the local accent.
*] was apparently often in trouble for shoplifting and other petty crimes and I was only in trouble at Sherrington Road School and caned on two occasions by the Headmaster.
* in 1968, at the age of 10, his parents finding his behaviour to be too wild, sent him to the independent Sevenoaks School in Kent (left) as a boarder, which he hated, though he was introduced to his three great interests of woodwork, acting and fishing, while I at 11 went to a state-run secondary school (right)
* was transferred to another independent school, Bedales in Hampshire which his sister attended and which had a more relaxed and creative ethos.
* made his film debut at the age of 14 in 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' in which he played a young vandal in an uncredited role and which he described as "heaven", for getting paid £2 to vandalise expensive cars parked outside his local church.
I found these 2 memories of Daniel from his contemporaries at Sherrington Road School on a website called 'Charlton Life' :
* 'I went to Sherrington with him and we used to bunk into Charlton until he went home covered in red non drying paint. His mum went mad.'
* 'His mum took him out of Sherrington when he was about 10 because she saw the other boys as a bad influence. They moved to Kent and then Ireland. He was a good kid, he'd smoke and swear like the rest of us but his mum and Dad were very, very posh. When he went home for tea i had to sit on the doorstep 'cos they would'nt let me in.'