Tony Compson joined the Royal Marines in May 1980 and, after completing his training, was drafted to 45 Commando. On April 4th 1982, Tony and his squad deployed to the Falkland Islands. Unfortunately, whilst in the Falklands, Tony was injured during an air raid on their beachhead position. During the strike, he sustained head injuries and was consequently cas-evaced back to the UK. After time recovering back in the UK, Tony returned to his unit in November of that year, and continued to serve until he left the Corps in 1985.
After returning from the Falklands, Tony was struggling. He admits that his “life and personal problems were no longer conducive to remaining in the Royal Marines.” He made the tough decision to leave the Marines before things worsened.
In 2012, Tony was admitted to a Combat Stress residential course. Even years later, he still suffers due to the effects of experiencing a traumatic brain injury, as well as PTSD from when he was serving. Whilst on the course, he noticed a leaflet for a new charity called Mission Motorsport. Tony had previously been involved with motorsport and power boating, so when he saw a picture of a power boat in the Mission Motorsport leaflet, he knew he had to get in touch to find out more. Tony attended an open day at Gosport “to see what the boat side was all about” and it grew from there.
Tony has been involved in numerous different things since first coming into contact with Mission Motorsport. Initially, Tony took over the running of the powerboat race team, but from there got more involved with the car side of things. He was the crew chief in 2012 when a Mission Motorsport Team took part in a 24-hour race with Nissan, and since then he has continued to help run and organise certain factions of the sporting output. Tony also accepted the offer to become a beneficiary trustee of the charity.
According to Tony; “Volunteering with Mission Motorsport has given me and continues to give me, a really good sense of purpose as I can also help guys who have mental health problems realise that there is a life after illness/treatment.”