New Beefeater Shaun Huggins:
A profile interview with Yeoman Warder Shaun Huggins
Name: Shaun Huggins
Marital status: Married
Family: Wife – Dawn (serving WO1, post in Scotland, travels home at weekends), son – Joshua (14, attends St Michael’s, Bermondsey)
I was brought up in Harleston, Norfolk, and where I went to school (Archbishop Sancroft High School). Left at 16 to join the army as a Junior Soldier in 1983.
Which regiments did you serve with?
Infantry Royal Anglian Regiment – 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Vikings) until 1988. Posted across to the 2nd Battalion (The Poachers) and stayed with them until August 2011
How many years in military service?
24 years regular service and 2 years junior service
Where have you been stationed?
I have lived in the following: Northern Ireland, Gibraltar, Cyrpus, Colchester, Catterick and Chepstow.
I have served in Afghanistan, Bermuda, America, Germany, Denmark and Jordan
What role did you do prior to becoming a Yeoman Warder?
I was in the Infantry and was in a Machine Gun Platoon for most of my career. I was also a drummer and finished my career as the Senior Drum Major (Army)
How does it feel to be appointed a Yeoman Warder?
I feel very proud and am honoured to be a Yeoman Warder. I have a friend who I served with who is a Yeoman Warder and I visited him a few times before applying.
What are your first impressions of life as a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London?
I am enjoying learning the role and history of the Tower. I think its fascinating to be living here with all the history that has gone on here. It is more a ‘way of life’ rather than a job at the moment!
Have you moved in to your home at the Tower of London? What is it like?
Yes, I live in a four storey house with one main room on each floor. My wife had it comfortable within a week! We are very happy with it.
How are you finding living in Central London?
Ok so far because we are new to the city everything is exciting and big! It’s nice having loads to do and lots to choose from
What will you be doing over the next few weeks?
I have completed my ‘Ceremony of the Keys’ story and I am not getting on with my main story ‘ The Story of the Tower’……so far so good……!
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