Vaughan Marsh

Skipper: Vaughan Marsh
(Awaiting Profile)

(WO1) Neal George

1st Mate: Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Neal George
(Awaiting Profile)

(Maj) Richard Hoy 

2nd Mate: Major (Maj) Richard Hoy 

Maj Richard Hoy was commissioned into the Army in August 1998 joining the Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales’s).  During his service he has served in Cyprus, Kosovo, Kenya and Canada.  He is currently serving with the 3rd Battalion, the Mercian Regiment as Officer Commanding HQ Coy.

Richard is married with two children and enjoys sailing, skiing and climbing.

(C/Sgt) John Monger

Watch Leader: Colour Sergeant (C/Sgt) John Monger

C/Sgt John Monger comes from Colchester, Essex.  On completion of 22 years Colour Service with The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.  John enlisted into the Territorial Army (TA) and is now serving with the London Regiment in Westminster, London.

John enjoys a fulfilling social and sporting life, especially rugby, motorcycling and skiing.  Motorcycling in particular is a passion of his and he plays an active role in the local Trial Bike Enduro Club.

(Rfn) Jamie Doy

Watch Leader: Rifleman (Rfn) Jamie Doy

Rfn Jamie Doy aged 18, comes from Locks Heath, Southampton.  Jamie completed his initial military training at the Army Foundation Collage in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.  During his attendance at Harrogate he was awarded a NVQ Level 2 in Maths, English and Information Technology.  Harrogate not only excels in providing academic advancement, but also concentrates on the development and mentoring of leadership through both military doctrine and adventure training.

On passing out of Harrogate after 12 months, Jamie completed Special to Arm training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick (ITTC) in order to hone his skills and drills as a Infantry soldier.  Once Jamie had mastered the fundamental requirements to perform in the field as an Infantry soldier, he was posted to the Field Army and joined 5 Rifles stationed in Paderborn in January 07.

In July 07, despite having no previous sailing or mountaineering experience, Jamie was selected as a member of the British Army Antarctic Expedition (BAAE) and Leadership Through The Atlantic (LTTA), which is unprecedented for a soldier at such a young age. Jamie’s selection over more senior and experienced volunteers is consistent with the Army’s philosophy of identifying and maximising individual potential. He has already qualified as a Royal Yachts Association day skipper and is therefore qualified to skipper Army yachts on adventurous training expeditions in coastal waters.


(Cpl) Gary Hull

ARTD Instructor (ARMcen):  Corporal (Cpl) Gary Hull

Cpl Gary Hull aged 26, comes from Belfast, Northern Ireland.  He attended Finaghy Primary School and later Newtownbreda High School.  It was always Gary’s aspiration to join the Army from an early age due to serving family members.  Gary completed his initial military training at the Army Training Regiment Winchester (ATRW) before moving onto the Armoured Centre (ARMcen) in Bovington to complete his phase2 training (Special to Arm), on completion he was posted into the Field Army as a member of the Queen’s Royal Hussars (QRH) which is a Unit within the Royal Armoured Corps.

Gary is currently serving a two year posting at the ARMcen as a phase 2 Instructor.
Gary enjoys rugby and represents his Corps whenever the opportunity arises.

During his service he has completed four operational tours, including Kosovo and Iraq, the most recent tour ending in November 2006 completing 7 months in support of the peace effort.

(Tpr)Tony Laws

ARTD Trainee (ARMcen): Trooper (Tpr)Tony Laws

Tony Laws aged 25, comes from Newcastle Upon Tyne.  He attended St Cuthbert’s High School.  Tony started his military career at the Army Training Regiment Winchester (ATRW) before moving onto the Armoured Centre in Bovington Dorset, pursuing a career as a Formation Reconnaissance CVR(T) driver within the Royal Armoured Corps. On completion of the expedition Tony will join his Unit the Light Dragoons based in Swanton Morley.

In his spare time, Tony enjoys participating in a game of football or rugby with his friends.

(Sig) Daniel Best

ARTD Trainee (DCCIS): Signaller (Sig) Daniel Best

Sig Daniel Best aged 18, comes from Penzance in Cornwall.  He attended Humphrey Davy School before moving onto Truro Collage. Daniel joined the Services due to a long line of family members serving and therefore something that he had always been interested in, especially the sporting history and adventure training opportunities which are second to none.

Daniel started his military career at the Army Training Regiment Lichfield (ARTL) in June 2006, once complete he moved to 11 Signal Regiment, Blandford, in order to complete Signals trade training as a Systems Engineer Technician, which he has now completed.

Daniel chose the trade of System Engineer as it allows him to work with a vast array of information and communication systems.  He aspires to work with satellite communications, as this technically interests him the most.

On completion of the expedition, Daniel will be posted into the Field Army and serve as a member of 2 Signal Regiment, York.

Daniel is an active sportsman and participates whenever possible, he is especially interested in squash, hockey and athletics.

Pte Lionel O’Connor

DRMC: Pte Lionel O’Connor

Lionel O’Connor, 22, always wanted to be a soldier.  He grew up in South Africa, and moved to England in 2001 with his parents in his mid-teens.  His father, an optician, had done his military service in the South African ‘Parabats’ (the country’s airborne soldiers) and SAS.  O’Connor finished his schooling in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and studied music at college, but being - as he put it – ‘young and dumb’, he failed to complete the course.  “I needed to change my life and sort myself out instead of just being a bum.”  So, aged 20, he pursued his childhood dream and joined the Army, becoming a private in the Royal Anglian Regiment.  In April last year his battalion was deployed to Iraq, and a month later a roadside bomb (IED or Improvised Explosive Device) blew up beneath O’Connor’s armoured Land Rover.

Two colleagues were killed (he doesn’t discuss this), his left leg was ‘ripped off’ above the knee and his right leg peppered with shrapnel.  He knew instantly how seriously he had been wounded.  The thought that ‘I’ve got to stay alive’ flashed through his mind.  He was asked while in hospital in Basra whether he wanted to stay in the Army, knowing nothing about amputation, his first thought had been, ‘Can I?’  His answer was an emphatic ‘Yes’.

O’Connor is doing well on his artificial leg, as we walk through the gravel to Headley Court officers’ mess where we talk, and he moves as fast as I do.  He has no regrets taking the view that what happens happens.  ‘I could have lost my leg as a civilian, and I wouldn’t have been supported as I am now by the Army,’ he says, ‘I am far better off.  To be honest, I am glad to be alive, and the Army has been good to me,’ Had the thought of being killed crossed his mind when he joined up? ‘The same thing goes: if your number is up, then your number is up,’

 While he was in hospital at Selly Oak, Blesma sent an amputee (in this case a double amputee) to see him, O’Connor’s face lights up at the recollection.  ‘That was my biggest inspiration,’ he says.  ‘He had been wondering whether he would walk again, and in had marched a man once far more badly injured than he had been, ‘laughing and joking’.  O’Connor knew that not only was there life after amputation, but a good
life too.

He has already been skiing with Blesma in Colorado, is contemplating training for the Paralympics as a marksman, and wants to play wheelchair tennis.  He was expecting (with some trepidation) to make his own first parachute jump shortly after we talked.
‘If you have personal problems, you soon discover that there are other amputees who have been there and come through,’ O’Connor says, ‘Some of them lost limbs before I was born.’  He hopes that the Army will now give him an opportunity to train as a counsellor, so that he, in his turn, will one day help others.  You’ll be a mentor yourself, I suggest.    ‘I hope so, if everything works out,’ he says.

Uppermost in the minds of Headley Court residents is what lies ahead.  Military amputees do have celebrated inspirations such as Group Capt Douglas Bader, but day-to-day role models and mentors need to be accessible and plausible, suggesting to the amputees that ‘if he could do it, then I can’.  Ex-Para Burns is clearly one of them.

I meet intend to stay in the Army.  Of the 46 who passed through Headley Court on its first year, 14 are already back at work. Pte O’Connor is participating in Ex Far Flung Tiger as a full member of the team and demonstrates the commitment of the Army and Lionel to obtaining a full and fruitful career.

(A/Tpr) Christopher Irwin

ARTD Trainee (HQ SAAvn): Air/Trooper (A/Tpr) Christopher Irwin

Chris Irwin aged 22, comes from Carlisle.  He attended St Aidans High School.  He completed his initial military training at the Army Training Regiment Winchester (ATRW), before moving on to the School of Army Aviation (SAAvn) at Middle Wallop, to complete phase 2 training as a member of the Ground Crew Specialising in the support of the Lynx helicopter.

Chris decided to enlist into the Army in order to get away from the hum drum of civilian life and to embrace the everyday challenges that the Army had to offer.  He recognised that embarking onto the path of a military career, would provide the means to improve his prospects in the future and to make his family proud.

On completion of the expedition, Chris is to be posted to 9 Regiment in Dishforth, where he hopes to fulfil his ambitions by embracing the opportunities that the Army Air Corps has to offers.

Gunner (Gnr) Daryl Ellis

ARTD Trainee (RSA): Gunner (Gnr) Daryl Ellis

Gnr Daryl Ellis aged 18, comes from Andover, Hampshire. He attended Harroway Community School. During his youth he was a member of the Signals ACF in Cheshire.  Daryl decided on a career in the military as a means of providing for a better future.  He was also interested in the day challenges that a life within the Army had to offer, especially the physical side of training.

He started his career at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.  He then attended the Royal School of Artillery (RSA) at Larkhill, to complete phase 2 of training specialising in the Strike characteristics of AS90.  On completion of the expedition, Daryl is to be posted to the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in Tidworth, Wiltshire.

Daryl has numerous hobbies, but he is especially interested in those activities that take place in the great outdoors, like rugby, football, golf, fishing and motor cross.

Sapper (Spr) Daniel Day

ARTD Trainee (RSME): Sapper (Spr) Daniel Day

Spr Daniel Day aged 24, comes from West Wickham, Kent.  On completion of his education he was employed by a construction company, sponsoring him to attend Bexley Collage in order to gain an NVQ in bricklaying.

It was always Daniels intent to enlist into the British Army and after six years of bricklaying and filling in tax returns, he felt he needed a greater challenge and more of an exciting way of life that wasn’t available in Civy Street.

Daniel started his military career by attending the Army Training Regiment Lichfield (ATRL) before attending the Royal School of Mechanical Engineering (RSME) in Minley to complete phase 2 training this resulted in the attainment of Class 3 Combat Engineer.

Once the expedition is completed he will complete his training as a Royal Engineer by attending training as a Plant Operator Mechanic, once complete he is to be posted to 24 Commando Regiment RE.

Daniel is interested in boxing, cycling, golf and snooker.

Trooper (Tpr) Steven Allen

TA (RWxY): Trooper (Tpr) Steven Allen

Tpr Steve Allen aged 19, comes from Ferndown, Dorset.  He started his military career in January 2006 when he enlisted in the Territorial Army (TA) while studying for his A levels at Ferndown Upper School Visual Arts Collage.

On enlisting into the TA he was assigned to 166 Supply Regiment of the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) but later transferred to complete his training with A (The Dorset Yeomanry) Armour Replacement Squadron of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry(RWxY) based at Bovington Camp, Dorset.  His primary role is that of an Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) Crewman, with a secondary role as the TA Liaison Officer to Bournemouth Armed Forces Careers Office during the week. 

Steve has a keen passion for outdoor sports and hobbies, his favourites include mountaineering, skiing and paintball.  He is also a keen photographer and takes every opportunity to improve this skill.

On completion of the expedition, Steve will to start training for operations in Afghanistan next year before he joins the Regular Army as a full time soldier.

SAC Lucy Temple

RAF: SAC Lucy Temple

SAC Lucy Temple aged 24, comes from Torquay, Devon. She attended South Devon Technical College, was a member of the 200 Air Training Corp for 5 years and sat on the Torbay Youth Council.  She conducted her initial training at RAF Halton before moving onto the Defence Movements School at RAF Brize Norton. Lucy is currently serving as a movements controller at the Joint Helicopter Support Unit (JHSU), however, she has aspirations to attend OASC in order to pursue a commission within the RAF, supply branch.

Lucy’s ambition was always in joining the RAF since a young age.  The prospect of travelling around the world within a team of professionals, with the same ideals and drive to succeed in their chosen career was very appealing.

In her spare time, Lucy enjoys the outdoor life especially water sports including wakeboarding and surfing.  Through the winter months she likes nothing more than hitting the slopes, skiing and snowboarding.

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