‘Exceptional new recruit’ clinches top army award
NEW army recruit Fred Burrow has proven his dedication and skill to win a top award.
Private Burrow, 20, from Gawsworth, has won the ‘Best Recruit’ prize after successfully completing the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
His platoon commander, Captain Donall Ryan, said: “Private Burrow has been awarded the Best Recruit prize. He has impressed us all with his enthusiasm and ability. This award has gone to an exceptional recruit.”
Private Burrow received his award at the passing out parade ceremony.
He said: “I was a lifeguard at the local leisure centre before I joined the army. It was something I did while waiting for my application to go through. At school, I was in the Air Training Corps but it was the rifle shooting and fieldcraft that I enjoyed the most, that’s why I’ve gone for the infantry rather than joining the RAF.
“It was absolutely fantastic to be told I had won this award, it’s a serious tick in the box, but you don’t get through this course or win awards on your own, it’s all about teamwork.”
Private Burrow joins the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment in Chester.
●● Private Fred Burrow, from Gawsworth, won an army award