Matthew ‘Ollie’ Ollerton, 44, joined the Royal Marines in 1990 aged 18, and his first tour was to Northern Ireland. He says: “I thought it would all be about the uniform and impressing the chicks. But on my first night, a 500lb car bomb went off at an Army checkpoint.
“There was a helmet on the floor and my sergeant walked over, kicked it and said, ‘We need to see if there are any more of these’. There was a head inside the helmet. That’s when I realised it wasn’t a game.” The following year Ollie joined Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, evacuating Kurds from villages that had been torn apart in brutal massacres.
He says: “It was shocking and traumatic. There were all sorts of terrible things — body parts and burned homes. There are a lot of things I can’t talk about because I’ve blocked them out.” In 1994 Ollie joined the Special Boat Service — the naval equivalent of the SAS — after passing the selection process while ignoring a broken ankle.
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“Just a quick note to say many thanks to you and to Ollie for helping us out with last night’s Business Awards. Ollie was great and very well received. I bought him a large glass of red afterwards and then didn’t see him again as he was very popular with those who’d attended! I’ll assume he survived! Cheers and thanks again.” – Neil Hodgkinson, Hull Daily Mail
“The teams really enjoyed the talk and had a lot of questions.” – Lovita SS&C
“Last night with Ollie was awesome, thank you. He inspired us all. We were all really impressed with what he said and just him as a whole, and it was really lovely that he joined us for the evening. Thank you so much for helping to make this happen. ” – Charis, Wincanton.
“We were really happy with Ollie’s presentation. It was clear, honest, inspiring and most of all tangible. The tips and tricks he provided were the kind that you can actually practice easy and simple.”- Tetra Pak