After serving 32 years in the Army, Major (Retired) Neal Baguley has returned to his roots in Ellesmere Port.
Neal is the new permanent staff administrative officer at 208 Field Hospital’s B Squadron located at the Army Reserves Centre on Stanney Lane.
Educated at Whitby High School, Neal enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1982 and served the majority of his early career in Germany and with Airborne Forces in Aldershot and Colchester.
He also served in Canada on a two year exchange posting before being promoted to major and assuming command of the Airborne Task Force Medical Squadron and 23 Air Assault Medical Squadron.
Neal also served a tour as training major of 208 Field Hospital at its headquarters in Childwall, Liverpool.
During his career he saw active service during the first Gulf war, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I am delighted to return to my own home town and continue the good work that 208 Field Hospital have been doing at Stanney Lane Army Reserves Centre since the early 90s,” said Neal.
“ I remember attending open days here when I was nine or 10 years old and never imagined that I would be working here as an adult.
“My tour as training major at 208 Field Hospital was one of my career highlights and I am very fortunate to be able to return at the end of my regular career to assume a full time reserve service appointment here in Ellesmere Port.
He says 208 Field Hospital has ‘a long and proud heritage’ in Liverpool and in England’s north west and can trace its history back as a formed unit to 1908.
It has made a significant contribution to the provision of deployed military medical support to operations since the First World War and every conflict thereafter, continuing to the present day with the unit deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan twice, most recently in 2010.
“The Stanney Lane squadron has been a significant contributor to these operations and will continue to do so in the future,” he believes.
“The future for B Squadron will see relocation to Chester in order to maximise the unit’s recruiting footprint but such a move will not diminish the close affiliation with the town.
“The squadron is actively recruiting and has vacancies for health care professionals across all disciplines, clerks, chefs and health care assistants.”
The Army argues service with the Reserve ‘presents an unrivalled opportunity to enhance personal and professional development, with many opportunities for overseas travel, training courses, adventure training and an extremely competitive and beneficial financial package for serving members’.
More information is available by phoning 0151 355 0505.