Nick Robb started his working life as an eighteen year old policeman in Northern Ireland before going on to serve twenty two years in the British Army. He never went to war (even though he volunteered) as the units he served in weren’t required to send personnel to those zones.
His harrowing story tells of his duties in ‘peace time’ which lead to a diagnosis of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, brought on by a prolonged exposure to numerous major traumatic events during his service in the police and military.
The first ever major traumatic event in my life, other than a close relative dying, was when I was an eighteen-year-old Police Constable in Northern Ireland. I was shot at by a terrorist sniper as I stood in front of a shop on a crowded high street watching the beginning of an organised riot. The high velocity round hit the wall behind me about twelve inches directly above my head.