New Army recruits take oath of allegiance

Lee Richardson, Matthew Jones and Kyle Thompson took the British Army Oath of Allegiance at Sheffield
Lee Richardson, Matthew Jones and Kyle Thompson took the British Army Oath of Allegiance at Sheffield
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NEW Army recruits from South Yorkshire have sworn their Oaths of Allegiance to Queen and Country.

Eleven new soldiers have joined the ranks after taking part in the ceremony at the Armed Forces Careers Office, on Church Street, Sheffield.

Matthew Jones, aged 16, from Batemoor, 17-year-old Kyle Thompson, from Arbourthorne and Lee Richardson, 23, from Broomfield, joined as vehicle mechanics in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Josh Burrows, 18, from Oughtibridge and James Longford, 20, from North Anston, enlisted in the Royal Artillery Corps.

Bringing up the rear, 18-year-olds Kieran Norris, of Kimberworth, Matthew Stephenson, of Wybourn and Adam Taylor, from Handsworth, plus 17-year-olds Jack Fields, from Richmond, and Nathan Sharp, from Gleadless, alongside Martin Shipston, 26, from Gleadless, all selected infantry careers in The Yorkshire Regiment.

The recruits will now undergo initial training courses, plus specialist training appropriate to their regiment.

Lee said: “I’m really excited to have joined the Army.

“I will have long term opportunities for career progression, as well as the chance to travel the world and meet new people.”

John Pearce, Group Sergeant Major at Sheffield Armed Forces Careers Office, said: “I wish each of the 11 young men who gave their Allegiance all the best for their careers.”

He added: “I have no doubt they will do extremely well along the paths they have chosen.”