Clitheroe infantryman named ‘soldier’s soldier’

Kingsman Jake Fletcher
Kingsman Jake Fletcher

Kingsman Jake Fletcher has won an army award after finishing his recruit training.

Kingsman Fletcher (19), from Clitheroe, has successfully completed the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

His platoon commander, Captain Tom Reynolds, said: “Kingsman Fletcher has been awarded the Soldiers’ Soldier prize. This goes to the recruit who his peers think is the best soldier in the platoon, so he has the most valued award of all – the respect of his fellow recruits.

“Despite a serious welfare issue at home, he has focused and worked hard on the course. It is no surprise the majority of his platoon voted for him, he always appeared to be on hand to offer help and advice to those who needed it. A well deserved award.”

Kingsman Fletcher will receive his award at the pass out parade ceremony at the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick tomorrow, June 13th.

Commenting on his award, Kingsman Fletcher said: “It took me ages to get into the army, I first tried at 16 but it wasn’t until I had turned 18 that I eventually joined.

“The whole army thing appeals to me, it’s not that it’s just a job, it’s a complete lifestyle and that’s what I was looking for. The six months’ course at Catterick gets tougher towards the end, but you get fitter as the course progresses and you are able to do things that you thought you never could. I told my dad about the award and I think he got a bit emotional.”

Once he has completed a two weeks’ driver training course, Kingsman Fletcher will go on some well-earned leave before joining his new unit, the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, also based in Catterick.