97 years of Queen and Country

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OVER 90 years of service by Arbroath reservists was recognised by the Territorial Army last week.

Four members of 212 (Highland) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) received Volunteer Reserve Service medals by commanding officer Lt. Col. Chris Huthwaite, signifying a total of 97 years service.

Captain Colin McDonald recorded the longest period of service with 38 years in the British Army and the third generation of his family to serve in the Highland Battery.

A mere youngster by comparison, Bombardier Andrew Tough was presented with his medal for 12 years service in the Territorial Army.

Also receiving medals were Sergeant Euan Nicol for 21 years’ service and Captain Lee Patchell for his 26 years’ service.

Commanding officer of 105 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers), Lt. Col. Huthwaite said: “It is important that we recognise soldiers’ sheer hard work and selfless commitment and I am honoured to be given the opportunity to present medals when these rare opportunities come to pass.”

Battery Commander Major David Findlay added: “It is always worthwhile to see the soldiers rewarded for all of the hard work and effort they put into the Territorial Army. In today’s reserve forces the professionalism and commitment we require of our soldiers is both demanding and rewarding. All of the Battery’s soldiers receiving medals this evening have displayed such qualities for many years and should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

Anyone interested in learning how to fire one of the Royal Artillery’s front-line weapons systems or to learn a host of valuable skills for their CV is invited to visit the TA Centre on Montrose Road, call 01241 875754 or search for 105 Regiment RA(V) on Facebook.