‘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

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