Accolade for Rifleman from Haywards Heath

Rifleman Daniel Robinson Grimes at the Infantry Training Centre � Crown copyright 2015. SUS-150903-164954001
Rifleman Daniel Robinson Grimes at the Infantry Training Centre � Crown copyright 2015. SUS-150903-164954001

Rifleman Daniel Robinson Grimes has won an army award after finishing his recruit training.

Rifleman Robinson Grimes, 27, from Haywards Heath, has successfully completed the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

His platoon commander, Captain Allan Tuffin, said: “Rifleman Robinson Grimes has been awarded the Best Recruit prize. He is the epitome of a thinking rifleman.

“He is mature, reliable and mentally agile. He has a bright future in the army and I’m sure he will do very well.

” Rifleman Robinson Grimes will receive his award at the pass out parade ceremony at the Infantry Training Centre on 13 March.

Rifleman Robinson Grimes said: “Before the army I was having a relatively successful career in retail. By the time I’d reached the junior managerial level I realised it wasn’t for me.

“The army appeals to me as a worthwhile job, I’m a bit patriotic but it is also that the British Army is out there helping others. Joining the army means I can do something that I can be really proud of.

“The course at Catterick is well structured, it was at the right pace for me and I always felt challenged.

“The training team are very good, they know what they’re doing. I felt an immense sense of pride when it was announced I had won this award. I was also very surprised.

“My girlfriend, Charlotte, will be surprised too when she sees me collecting an award during the pass out parade on Friday.”

Rifleman Robinson Grimes will be taking some well earned leave before joining his new unit the 1st Battalion The Rifles in Chepstow.

Rifleman Daniel Robinson Grimes is pictured at the Infantry Training Centre.

Report and picture contributed by Major (Retd) D J Cunningham, Headquarters School of Infantry.