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Soldier is fourth generation in his family to serve in the infantry
A SOLDIER has followed in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather by choosing a career in the infantry.
Kingsman Jordan Bowen, 19, took part in his passing out parade today (Thursday, December 19) and received a special award that singled him out as the best shot in his platoon.
His father, Captain Steven Bowen, who is based at Catterick Garrison with 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment at the Infantry Training Centre, said he was very proud of his son, who has joined the same regiment.
“It is not something I tried to push him into, but when he told me he was interested I had a chat with him to make sure he wasn’t just doing it because of me – but he has taken to it really well,” he said.
“I would have concerns as any parent would if he was sent to Afghanistan but I know he is trained for the job and ready for it.”
Kingsman Bowen’s maternal grandfather and great-grandfather, originally from Lancashire, both served with the Army, and grandfather Edward Gaut attended the parade to support him.
His great-grandfather Geoffrey Gaut, now 89, was unable to attend but Mr Gaut said they were both pleased to see Kingsman Bowen follow in their footsteps.
Mr Gaut said: “I became a soldier when I was 16 and served with the King's Shropshire Light Infantry for 14 years.
“I was first sent to Northern Ireland in 1969 when there were troubles there, and I have been all over the world – including Australia, Mauritius, and Cyprus.
“My father served in the Army from 1942 to 1949 in France and Germany. He was injured when a vehicle he was next to exploded but he was only in hospital for a few weeks before going back to serve.
“Jordan obviously has it in him to be a soldier with it coming from both sides of his family – it is nice to see it carried on.”
Kingsman Bowen said: “I’m really pleased I was awarded best shot – that makes me a marksman and I would like to pursue that and maybe become a sniper.
“It is good to have the experience of my dad and grandfathers – I have had a lot of advice and tips and I’m looking forward to starting my career.”
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