1st Battalion Update – October 2016
The Battalion is thriving; mature and professional in outlook, diligent and enthusiastic in our day to day role, and combative on the sports pitches.
Operations and Training
Both Alma and Burma companies have earned their spurs in the bleak, austere and cold environments of the Falklands Islands and Corunna Company have exercised as the enemy force in BATUS in Canada for the second half of the exercise season.
It has been an interesting and rewarding period during which 1 YORKS soldiers have had a really valuable opportunity to get back to the basics, hone their dismounted skills and gear up for Canada in summer 2017. We have also conducted drill with some swagger and panache at York for the 10th Anniversary Parade and the associated Freedom marches. It was hugely impressive at the way in which the regular battalions, our reserves, cadets associations and families were brought together for such a splendid occasion.
It is important to recognise the impact on us of reaching this milestone: a decade as The Yorkshire Regiment. We continue to forge ahead under our new livery and our antecedent histories are ever closer intertwined, most particularly since the bulk of our officers and men have never been anything other than proud Yorkshire Regiment soldiers. We have a formidable ‘brand’ and look to our antecedent past for inspiration going forwards: 330 years on the front line and 382 battle honours, very few others even come close to our pedigree, our reputation and our strength.
The following appointment has taken place:
- Major E Fraser appointed Battalion Second in Command
Sport and Adventure Training
There has been time to achieve a huge amount of sporting success and so far we have taken home a trophy from almost every event we have attended. This is not only in our ‘core’ sports of Rugby and Football, where we have won a cupboard full of silverware. We have some skiing stars who seek to retain the Infantry Alpine Skiing title, a rising tennis player, soldiers selected to represent the infantry at hockey and cricket, a GB international Taekwondo fighter and last but not least the Army Angling Federation’s Clubman of the year.
1 YORKS is preparing to take part in Armoured Infantry exercises in BATUS, Canada in 2017.