Re­cruit is the best in pla­toon

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? -

A 17-YEAR-OLD Ash­ford sol­dier has col­lected a prize for be­ing the best re­cruit in his train­ing pla­toon. Sap­per Louis Plum­ridge, serv­ing with the Royal En­gi­neers, was judged the top per­former in all as­pects of mil­i­tary and phys­i­cal train­ing. In­spect­ing of­fi­cer Lt Col N. Smith from the Duke of Lan­caster’s Regt pre­sented him with his en­graved pewter tankard prize dur­ing his pass-out pa­rade. The for­mer pupil of Home­wood School, Ten­ter­den, joined up in Septem­ber for the in­ten­sive course that in­cluded first aid, sur­vival tech­niques and weapon han­dling.


He also spent two weeks ad­ven­ture train­ing with the op­por­tu­nity to try cav­ing, rock climb­ing, ab­seil­ing and ca­noe­ing, and learn­ing how to nav­i­gate us­ing maps and com­pass. In ad­di­tion he was also in­tro­duced to the re­al­i­ties of war by spend­ing three days on a First World War bat­tle­fields tour of the Somme and visit­ing the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum at Dux­ford. Af­ter be­ing told by his pla­toon com­man­der that his de­ter­mi­na­tion and en­thu­si­asm was in­spi­ra­tional, he said: “I am over­joyed that all the hard work paid off and was ex­tremely proud on the pa­rade square.” Now he will con­tinue his train­ing with the Com­bat School of En­gi­neer­ing in Sur­rey.

Sap­per Louis Plum­ridge

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