Pals vote former chef Joe top Army recruit

Private Joe Fishburn, of Chancet Wood, has won a top army award after finishing his recruit training to join the First Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.
Private Joe Fishburn, of Chancet Wood, has won a top army award after finishing his recruit training to join the First Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.
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ARMY recruit Joe Fishburn has won a top award after finishing his training - having been voted the best recruit by his course-mates.

Private Fishburn, from Chancet Wood, has successfully completed the Combat Infantryman’s Course at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.

The 24-year-old is now going on a driver training course before joining the First Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, based in Germany.

Former Meadowhead School pupil Joe’s platoon commander, Captain Matt Thorogood, said: “Pte Fishburn has been awarded the Soldiers’ Soldier prize which goes to the recruit whose peers think is the best in the platoon, so it is a highly valued award.”

Joe, who said he joined up after wanting a change of career having worked as a chef for five years, is receiving his award at his passing-out parade tomorrow. He said he ‘really enjoyed’ the course.