Roger Hydes was born in Burton-on-Trent, England, in January 1952 - the youngest of three brothers. He lost both his parents in his late teens and, at a loss as to what to do in life, joined the British Army as a trainee motor mechanic. Nine years later, married, and now with two young children of his own, he decided it was time to provide a more stable family life for his wife, his son, and his daughter.
Settling down near Luton in Bedfordshire, close to where he had met his future wife, he progressed in his chosen trade to become a Master Technician in the motor industry. Always though, his fascination for almost anything to do with the cosmos played on his mind.