"I spent 6 years in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and a further 16 in the Royal Marines, which qualified me to become a Chelsea Pensioner.
I always wanted to live in London so becoming a Chelsea Pensioner was my goal, as I wouldn't have been able to afford to live here otherwise!
So if you want something enough, I'm a lesson in working long and hard for it!
While in the Royal Marines I was able to serve in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.
I wouldn't change anything, I really feel like I'm in the middle of all the action here. I always make sure to walk around town after breakfast, to get out of my quarters - it's important that we all feel part of the world around us. It's a big world and there's a lot going on to get involved in."
The Royal Hospital Chelsea is celebrating National Care Home Open Day 2018 on Friday 20th April, by opening the doors to its dedicated care facility – the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary (MTI).
Chelsea Pensioners, David and Tom Lyall describe their close sibling relationship