Born into a military family whilst his father was serving in Germany. Tug was raised in Huddersfield, leaving school at 14 to work on a fruit and veg stall until he turned 16 and could apply to join the Army.
He joined the Royal Engineers in 1997 and served for 6 years specialising in mine warfare, demolitions and combat engineering. In 2003 he transferred to the Royal Army Medical corps and became a Combat Medical technician (CMT), serving with 23 Air Assault Medical SQN and on attachment with 3 Para and 22 SAS. He deployed 3 times to Afghanistan, Oman, Lebanon and completed a number of exercises and training operations worldwide.
Paul “TUG” Hartley was awarded the George Medal for Gallantry whilst serving on Op Herrick 4 with the 3 Para Battle Group for actions at the Kajaki Dam on 06/09/2006.