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Redruth man wins Army award

By WBjridge  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

Rifleman Ben Gough from Redruth

Rifleman Ben Gough from Redruth

A Redruth man has won a top Army award after finishing his training.

Rifleman Ben Gough, 21, was awarded the best recruit prize on the combat infantryman's course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

His platoon commander, Lieutenant Tristam Constant, said: "The training team chose him because he is fit, robust and has performed excellently throughout the course.

"His personal military skills are outstanding, but he is also a team player."

Mr Gough comes from a military family, so there was no surprise when he followed in his parents' footsteps.

He said: "My dad was in the para's and was an instructor at the ITC, my mum was a military nurse and lots of other family members were or are in the forces.

"I went to the Army Foundation College at Harrogate when I was sixteen, but I broke my ankle and left.

"When I sorted myself out I rejoined at Catterick. The six months' course at Catterick is much more intense than the year I spent at Harrogate.

"I'm really proud to have won this award, it's good to know that the training team see some potential in me.

"My parents don't know I have won this award, I'm sure they will be really proud of me, especially my dad."

Following two weeks of driver training and some well earned leave, Mr Gough will join his new unit the 4th Battalion The Rifles based in Bulford.