Denise initially joined the Army in the WRAC in 1989, serving for over 10 years, which included 2 tours of Bosnia.

In 1999 Denise decided to leave the Army and then became a reservist in 2001 to go back to Bosnia on a 6 month tour, then joining the Regulars again in 2001. more


Alan served 13 years in the 23 Pioneer Regiment, serving across the UK & abroad.

He carried out a number of tours & postings including Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Germany and Kenya. Alan left the Army in 2003 with honourable discharge and exemplary conduct. more

Stephen served for 26 years within the Royal Engineers, retiring as a WO1 in July 2014.

His future employment plan was to settle in Hartlepool, gain employment within a commutable distance and strike up a work life balance that suited his family, after spending many years away with the Army. .… more


James self-referred to us from seeing our minibus parked up and came into our drop in session.

He served 23 years in the Cold Stream Guards, completing a number of tours including Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Iraq. … more



Shirley served 6 years in the Army with the Army Air Corps and the Royal Horse Artillery, which included a 6-month tour of Iraq.

While Shirley was in Iraq her unit was hit by a rocket attack, causing great distress to Shirley and resulting in her been medically discharged… more




Mr S was born in Malaya and consequently spent the early years of his childhood living in the Far East. His father was in the RAF and served a total of 22 years at various military establishments. 

Mr S recalls a transient lifestyle and a childhood spent travelling from one posting to another as the family followed his father throughout his career. He describes his early family life as happy and stable but... more