Horsham soldier takes unusual role

26/01/2012 - Copehill Down, Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA).''Image: Graham Harrison, MoD. ''PIctured: Soldiers from C Company 2 PWRR give covering fire during a training exercise in Copehill Down on SPTA.''Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Princess of Wales Royal Regiment (2 PWRR) take time off from ceremonial duties in London to get back to their infantry soldiering roots.  The soldiers from C Company, 2 PWRR are spending a week and a half honing their field skills during a series of training exercises on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, using many of top notch training facilities that the area has to offer.'Some of the training has been on the purpose built urban truing area called Copehill Down, where the unit can practice its training in an urban environment.
26/01/2012 - Copehill Down, Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA).''Image: Graham Harrison, MoD. ''PIctured: Soldiers from C Company 2 PWRR give covering fire during a training exercise in Copehill Down on SPTA.''Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Princess of Wales Royal Regiment (2 PWRR) take time off from ceremonial duties in London to get back to their infantry soldiering roots. The soldiers from C Company, 2 PWRR are spending a week and a half honing their field skills during a series of training exercises on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, using many of top notch training facilities that the area has to offer.'Some of the training has been on the purpose built urban truing area called Copehill Down, where the unit can practice its training in an urban environment.

A HORSHAM soldier was part of an infantry battalion that had the unusual privilege of taking part in ceremonial duties outside the royal palaces.

This is a role not normally bestowed upon infantry battalions like The Second Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (2 PWRR).

Nicknamed ‘The Tigers’, the battalion is now taking part in their first major training exercise on Salisbury Plain since moving to Woolwich 18 months ago.

Private Danny Bowling, 24, from Horsham, who has served with 2 PWRR for one year, said: To have been involved with the ceremonial duties has been a fantastic experience, one which is in complete contrast to our normal role but I am proud to have had the opportunity.”

The former pupil of The Weald School in Billingshurst said: “It’s great to be back in our Combat 95s and training out in the field again having our infantry skills refreshed and tested in some unusual and new situations. It’s what being a ‘Tiger’ is all about.”

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Adam Crawley said: “Exercise Tiger Sword represents an excellent opportunity to train for contingent operations.

“It also allows us to have the best of both worlds with our recent ceremonial activities and our traditional war fighting role.

“I’ve been extremely impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm of my soldiers who have adapted to operating into built-up areas and wooded areas which are the type of environments they might face in the future.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for us to train in our core business: being soldiers.”

He added: “Summer 2012, with the Olympics and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee coming up, will be a fantastic time to serve in London.”