Born and raised in Somerset, Ted Branston spent the first twenty years of his working life in the family farm supply business.
In 1977 he emigrated to Canada and following several years at senior management level in a number of leading Canadian companies, established his own consulting business in Vancouver, British Columbia. During this time he carried out assignments for a wide variety of Canadian and American clients, also undertaking contracts in South America
Between 1964 until 1990 Ted enjoyed a close association with the Military being an active member of the Territorial Army, and on emigrating to Canada transferred to the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves (Militia). He finished his service in the reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel commanding an infantry unit, tasked to support the then Canadian Airborne Regiment.
During his time in the Reserves Ted became his Regiment’s Champion Rifle shot, captained his unit’s team in the British Army Reserves Operational Shooting Competition at Bisley and also competed in the Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration at Connaught Ranges in Ottawa where he tied for first place in the 800 metre rifle competition.
Returning to the UK in 1996, Ted and his wife ran pubs in Somerset and Cornwall. They are now retired and reside in a small town on the Cornwall/Devon border.
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by Ted Branston
Trained as a lethal killer, his luck ran out in the blast of an IED while on patrol in Helmand Province. With his shattered body healed but his Army career at an end, he returned to his home to start life afresh in the rural countryside of south west England.
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