FORMER Bognor Regis Comprehensive School pupil Nigel Rowles has proudly retired after nearly four decades in the Army.
Nigel is following his successful service by taking up his new post of careers advisory officer to the Territorial Army in London.
His proud mother, Brenda, and his stepfather, Andy Watson, who live in West Meads, have wished him every success and happiness in his new role.
Nigel moved to Felpham in 1964, aged six, together with his parents, Brenda and the late Peter Rowles, his brothers, Simon and Ian, and his younger sister, Janet.
He attended Bishop Tufnell C of E Schools in Felpham and the comprehensive school until he joined the Army at 16.
Mrs Watson said: “He went to the Cubs when he was about seven and, when he came home on his first night in uniform, he said he wanted to be a soldier.”
Nigel steadily rose during his 39 years of military service in the Army Intelligence Corps to the rank of Lt Colonel.
His military career saw him serve in Germany, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Afghanistan and the USA after which he was awarded the MBE in 2004.
Nigel now lives with his wife, Gail, and children, Jonathan and Ellen, in Uxbridge.