The day he missed Humphrey Bogart

But an opportunity to meet film star Humphrey Bogart was one such occurrence.

Mr Travers was working in a studio in Mayfair in London in the 1930s when his chance to meet the lead of films including Casablanca and The Caine Mutiny slipped his grasp.

“I went to lunch and when I came back my boss said, ‘Oh you’ve missed something’,” Mr Travers recounted.

“I said ‘What?’ He said ‘Humphrey Bogart came in to have his passport photo taken’.

“I was pretty annoyed about that. We used to have all sorts of celebrities in there but it would have been something else to meet him.”

The chance to meet the film star went begging but Mr Travers, who was just a teen at the time, would see plenty of adventure over the coming years.

In 1939, the then 17-year-old joined the British Royal Navy, going on to become a photographer in the Fleet Air Arm.

He spent four years on aircraft carriers capturing life aboard warships and the aircraft that were based there.

“I loved life on the aircraft carriers, especially when seas were rough,” he said. “I used to head out to the sharp end of the ship as it was going up and down and hang on for grim death – I loved that.

“It was stupid I suppose, but I loved it. I was only 17.”

Mr Travers, now 93, took hundreds of photographs, many of which he says he spots littered throughout the internet but uncredited to him

After World War II, Mr Travers followed his parents to Australia in 1958 where he established a photography business in Safety Bay.

He said he was keen to tell his story in the hope others he met as a youngster might reach out, even if their numbers dwindled every year.