Here’s one soldier you’d definitely want fightingby your side if ever you were in trouble. Fusilier Dean Hudson, from Greenhill, was voted the Soldier’s Soldier by his fellow army recruits after taking part in gruelling infantry training. The 27-year-old completed the Combat Infantryman’s Course at an army base in Catterick, North Yorkshire. His platoon commander Lt John Snoddon said:
“Basically it goes to the man who you would want by your side in a tight situation. Fusilier hudson has a big personality and an infectious sense of humour. He made a big impression of the rest of the platoon. When the course got tough, it was he who provided the morale to keep everyone going.”
Fusilier Hudson, a former landscape gardener, will receive his award at the passing out parade ceremony at the base on Friday, December 12. He said:
“I wasn’t doing much that was positive with my life. My dad had been in the army, and my brother Kern is a captain in the Royal Signals, so I don’t think it’s too much of a surprise that I eventually joined. I went to an army preparation course in Ashford and did well on that. I got an award there as well, I won the recruits recruit prize. Even though I think I am cut out for the Army, I found the pace and variety of the course at Catterick a challenge. You build up some close friendships and it’s your mates that get you through. My family will be really proud when they see me getting the award, especially my dad.”
Fusilier Hudson will be taking some well-earned leave before he joins his new unit, the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Tidworth.
Herne Bay Gazette, December 11th 2014