When the war ended Vivian's father returned, and this proved to be a turning point in the young Vivian's life, bringing the happiness to an end. The family moved back to Walthamstow. Having found his life alone with his mother ideal, Stanshall's life took a serious downturn with the addition of his stern, pretentious father. This was followed by the further shock of the arrival of a new brother, Mark Stanshall, born in 1949. The brothers were six years apart, an age difference that apparently put an emotional distance in their relationship that was never resolved.