He served most of his time with 73 Independent Field Squadron in Osnabruck, with 6 month tours of Canada and the Falkland Islands.
Alex was unfortunate in being involved in a training accident on the Honne ranges in Germany in 1985, as a result of which he lost both hands and duly medically discharged in February 1986.
Since the accident he has learned to drive a manual car (no adaptations), become computer literate, lay bricks again and achieved an award in the Advanced Craft year, also completing the HNC in Construction Practice. He is also a blackbelt in Shotokan karate and served as explorer scout leader. He now works as a support worker, looking after adult males with learning difficulties and mental health issues.
He found out about the VIA through an old army pal, then got involved after a reunion in Blackpool, shortly afterwards.
Because of family and work commitments Alex doesn’t get out with the team as often as he would like, but is hoping to work with Veterans In Action full time in the future.