Soldiers learn new gunnery skills on training camp

A British Army soldier from Hull worked into the night learning new gunnery skills on a training camp.

Lance Corporal Craig Batty, 26, took part in the night firing exercise.

He was one of 200 soldiers from the Light Dragoons who are being trained as gunners at Warcop Training Area.

It’s a good experience – being able to fire the different weapons adds another string to the bow.

– Lance Corporal Craig Batty

Most of the Catterick-based soldiers who are going through the three week camp are drivers, being trained as gunners.

The course will train them in both infantryman skills – firing small arms – and mounted shooting from the back of vehicles.

The Light Dragoons were one of the British Army units who were involved in the emergency response to floods in the North of England during December.

More than 600 personnel from 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, The Light Dragoons and The Royal Lancers were deployed throughout Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire.