Tony was born in Rotherhithe, London in 1944 and because of the intense bombing in his area at that time was immediately evacuated to Scotland. After leaving school he worked in the City of London for an insurance company before joining the Corps in 1962.
Tony had a varied career in the Royal Marines having served in 41, 42 and 45 Commandos in a variety of roles including bren gunner (45 Commando) in Aden and section commander (42 Commando) in Singapore.
After attending the Naval photographers course at HMS Ariel, he joined 41 Commando and eventually Headquarters 3 Commando Brigade RM as photographer in their Intelligence Section’s. In-between, he was a seamanship instructor on the recruit training ship HMS Bellerophon and then part of the RM detachment on the cruiser HMS Lion. (North Atlantic and the Mediterranean). Whilst in 41 Commando the unit was one of the first operational units to be deployed to Northern Ireland at the start of the ‘troubles’.
He took part in numerous NATO exercises in the Mediterranean on HMS Fearless and Intrepid, completed an Arctic Warfare Course in Northern Norway and then deployed on three winters to Norway with Headquarters 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines.
After transferring to the Clerks branch he served in HQ 3 Commando Brigade RM as ‘G’ Sergeant and Department of the Commandant General Royal Marines (DCGRM), based in the Ministry of Defence, London. Whilst in DCGRM over the next six years, he was the Senior Non Commissioned Officer in charge of the Manpower Statistics desk and prepared papers ready for Courts Martial and then coordinated the Band Service annual programme. Awarded the BEM in 1983 for his work in Headquarter 3 Commando Brigade RM, Tony left the Corps in 1986 in the rank of Colour Sergeant.
He then joined an international law firm in the City of London as Facilities Manager specialising in space planning, project management and Health and Safety legislation. He retired in 2005 and started up his own Health and Safety and management consultancy serving major clients in the London area. Tony closed the consultancy and fully retired in 2015. He joined the RMA the same year and currently edits the Globe and Laurel article for the Branch and recently took over as Secretary. He has been married to Janet for 47 years and has two children.