Mark R J Eyles-Thomas joined Junior Parachute Company at Depot The Parachute Regiment, Browning Barracks on the 9 September 1980 (3 Platoon - Lt N Young (2 Para) and Sgt A Howells (3 Para).
Went across to Recruit Company September 1981 (476 platoon - Lt N Young (2 Para) and Sgt Bradshaw (2 Para).
Mark Passed out 2 January 1982, after completing parachute jump instruction, on Course 885 in December 1981. He then joined 4 Platoon, B Company, 3 Para in February 1982 in Tidworth.
He was on SS Canberra "down south" for Op Corporate in 1982. 'Tabbed' across the Island, then fought in the battle for Mount Longdon with 4 Platoon (Lt A Bickerdike and Sgt I McKay). His profile picture was taken whilst on SS Canberra in 1982.
Mark also served in France and Belize (1984).
Mark left the army in June 1985