My name is Milan Tomic' and I was born in
Abercwmboi, Glamorgan, South Wales, in 1950, of Croatian and Welsh parentage. I moved to
Stoke-on-Trent when I was 3 years old, hence my unusual avid support of Stoke City
I was married to Marion in 1974,
but unfortunately she passed away on 25 November 2003. We have one son,
also called Milan, serving with the R.A.F.
I spent 17 years in the British Army, the final 14
as a Military
Policeman, until I took voluntary redundancy in 1992 and moved to my present
home in Hereford.
I have also worked as a clerk, trainee factory
manager, trainee shop manager, bread and cake salesman, sales representative, electricity
meter reader, bus driver and rent collector before finally settling
into my current job as a Recovery Officer (debt collector!). Jack of all trades - master of some.
In 1979 I was introduced to the Royal
Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes which
I joined and have been actively involved with ever since, achieving the distinction of
attaining the position of Provincial Grand Primo of Hereford in 1998, the centenary of the
I also helped to set up and am the
Secretary of the
Hereford Ex-Services Association, a tri-service organisation for retired and active
service personnel who live in and around Hereford.
I am a huge fan of Northern
Soul and spent my younger days at the Golden Torch, Wigan Casino, Twisted Wheel
in Manchester and the Blackpool Mecca. Still collect and listen to the music now
but the dancing days are well gone.
My sporting likes are varied and I follow these
Football - Stoke
City FC and Croatia
Rugby League - Wigan RLFC
Cricket - Worcester CCC and England
NFL - Washington Redskins
Rugby Union - Wales
Thanks to the Army, I have lived in Germany (7
years), Northern Ireland (2½ years), Hong Kong (2 years) and the United Kingdom and have visited Canada,
Belgium, Holland, France, Singapore and Thailand.
Since leaving the Army I have visited
Bulgaria, Greece, Majorca, Spain (twice) and Turkey (12 times). Travel really does broaden the mind - and