John Phillips joined the army as a boy soldier of 15. Specialising in bomb disposal with the Royal Engineers, he was sent to the Falkland Islands with the Task Force in 1982. But when the bomb that he and a colleague were trying to defuse onboard HMS Antelope exploded, his colleague was killed and John was severely injured, losing his left arm at the shoulder. For his bravery John was given one of the Royal Navy's highest awards – the Distinguished Service Cross. Determined to continue his army career he served for over thirty years and even in retirement devotes a large amount of his time to forces' charities. He and his wife Christine have recently moved to Woking to be close to one of their three children but despite being keen gardeners, age and injury mean they are unable to tackle the barren plot they have acquired with their new bungalow.