First Scottish, Welsh and Irish Division soldiers pass out at Catterick

Photo: Sergeant Jamie Peters.

Soldiers attending a Passing out Parade in Catterick Garrison created history by becoming the first to pass off in a newly-created division.

And to mark the occasion a senior general and an historic Scottish band joined the first Scottish, Welsh and Irish Division parade in Helles Barracks at the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) which saw a total of 56 soldiers complete their combat infantrymen’s course.

The parade completes six months’ training and allows them to take their place with their regiment of choice and join a platoon which is ready to deploy on operations anywhere in the world.

The soldiers were members of 6 Platoon and 7 Platoon of the new Scottish, Welsh and Irish Division Training Company which was created in April this year.

The Inspecting Officer Major General Nick Borton, General Officer Commanding the 3rd (UK) Division, the Iron Division, congratulated the soldiers on an excellent parade and said they were a credit to all their staff and instructors.

And he praised all the parents and families who had come to watch the parade.

“You should be rightly very proud of these young men but for many of you, especially the mums, this period of training could not have been easy and your continued support for them and for all of us who serve in the Armed Forces is really appreciated.”

Maj Gen Borton also presented a number of prizes to individuals including for Best Shot, Best Endeavour, Best Fieldcraft and finally Best Recruit in each platoon.

Photo: Sergeant Jamie Peters.
Photo: Sergeant Jamie Peters.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Bell, Commanding Officer of 1st Infantry Training Battalion at the ITC, said this first parade under the new division meant a lot to the combat infantrymen passing out and would be vital in shaping their future careers.

But he added: “This also marks the end of what has been a physically and mentally demanding six-month course. These two platoons have done particularly well so they should be justifiably proud of their achievements.

“Although the new division is mainly administrative it is very important these soldiers recognise the strong traditions and heritage of the regiments they are joining from today.”

The music for the parade was provided by the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Borderers, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) led by WO2 (Pipe Major) Paul Burns and Sgt (Drum Major) Michael Monro.

The band regularly perform at the Edinburgh Tattoo and recently returned from a week-long performance at the Basel tattoo in Switzerland.