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Catterick Garrison officer Mentioned in Dispatches for bravery in Afghanistan

A British Army officer based at Catterick Garrison has been awarded a Mention in Dispatches for bravery during a tour of Afghanistan in 2013.

Lieutenant Ali Floyd defended a bridge for 24 hours under enemy fire, to allow engineers to remove homemade bombs. He then led his men to safety at night past enemy firing points.

Lt Ali Floyd (right) is honoured for his bravery

Lt Floyd was one of 117 military personnel to be honoured.


Army recruitment drive in the North East

Reservists training in Germany Credit: PA

The British Army is recruiting in the North East. Numerous jobs in the Regular Army and the Reserves ranging from bricklayers to IT specialist are available.

Army research shows many people don't consider a role in the army because they don't know what it involves. As a result, its holding careers evenings in Newcastle next week.

Trooper Marcus Cribb, 23, says:

"Being in the Army has opened up so many opportunities that I wouldn't have achieved elsewhere. I've gained new skills and had the opportunity to travel to Switzerland, all of which has been done in my spare-time."

Careers evenings are being held Tuesday 14th and 21st January from 7.30pm at the Army Reserve Centre, NE3 2EF.

There are also other regional events in Sunderland, Morpeth, Hexham, Blyth and Peterlee

Tributes paid to fallen soldier

Captain Richard Holloway, 29, from County Durham, was killed east of Kabul on December 23. Credit: Credit: MoD/Crown Copy/PA Wire

Tributes have been paid to a County Durham soldier who died in Afghanistan two days before Christmas. Captain Richard Holloway died after coming under enemy fire while on operations near Kabul. He's been described as 'an exceptional young man'

He leaves behind parents Jaquie and Neil, brother Luke and girlfriend Sandy. In a statement, his family said:

"Our son Richard was an exceptional young man, a perfectionist in everything he did and a loyal brother and friend, who embraced life to the full.


Full report: Military families this Christmas

For many, this Christmas will be a time of celebration with their families. However, hundreds of North East servicemen and women will be spending Christmas day away from home, in places like Afghanistan.

It means their children, partners and parents are here without them at what can be a very difficult time. We have met one family in Morpeth who share what it is like to be an army family at Christmas. Frances Read Reports.

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