Wilson had been in the army for eleven years, and at some point in 1968, he worked with Lytton in Saigon, Vietnam. During their time there, they both survived the attempts of a suicide bomber to kill them both with a van full of explosives.
By 1975, Wilson was working for Lytton in the Jazz Soiree Club in Soho. One day, in the later months of the year, Wilson was assigned by Lytton to front door supervision. From there, he phoned Lytton to inform him that a Mr Gray had come to speak to him. (COMIC: Down These Mean Streets A Man Must Go)