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Chris Pretty joined the Royal Marines in 1978. After Commando Training, he was drafted to M Company, 42 Commando, then progressed to RM Poole and specialised as an Illustrator (now the Combat Intelligence specialism). After completing this long and exclusive course, he was drafted to 40 Commando Intelligence Section. Subsequently, moving to Charlie Company 40 Commando, where he became a member of 9 Troop.

After leaving the Royal Marines, Chris began Instructing Climbing and Mountaineering. He worked in Education for many years and was the Programme Leader of a Degree programme. Now retired from Education, he has returned to his first love, Instructing Climbing and Mountaineering. Some of which support the Veterans Community in the UK. Chris lives in Suffolk. He is married with four grown children and some grandchildren. He is a happy man.