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Tony Shaw joined the Royal Signals aged 15 as a junior entrant at the Army Apprentice College, Harrogate. He volunteered for 264 (SAS) Signal Squadron and after four years attached to D Squadron 22 SAS and qualifying as a parachutist, passed Selection in 1980. He returned to D Squadron spending four years with 17 (Boat) Troop, serving in Northern Ireland and the Falklands. In due course he went on to spend three years commanding D Squadron’s Signals Troop.
During his military career he learnt five languages and was promoted through the ranks to WO1 and was commissioned in 1991. After retiring as a Major in 1999 he pursued a second career as technical and security specialist in the Middle East.
A lifelong Tranmere Rover supporter, he enjoys mountain walking and running.