Recruit is the best in platoon
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