Kendal Army Reservist braves Australian bushland for training

The Westmorland Gazette: Kendal Army Reservist braves Australian bushland for training Kendal Army Reservist braves Australian bushland for training

A KENDAL Army Reservist has been training in the harsh suptropical bushland of Australia in one of the first military exercises of its kind.
 

Kingsman Lewis Birchall, who normally works as a welder, spent a week living and working outdoors in the land surrounding Lone Pine Barracks – home to the Australian Army School of Infantry.
 

Lewis, 25, has been living under canvas and patrolling under the vast skies of New South Wales - a far cry from his day job at Pier 1 Metalworks, Kendal.
 

He was among a Platoon of 30 Reservists from the 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (4 LANCS) to undertake the exercise alongside Reservists of the Australian Army - the first time a British Army Reserve unit has been invited to do so.
 

At Lone Pine Barracks the soldiers were sent into the bush with a checklist of warnings about the local wildlife, including boot-piercing cactus thorns, venomous snakes and even a potentially aggressive kangaroo population numbering thousands.
 

Lewis, who joined the Reserves three years ago and has served in Afghanistan, added: “I thought this would be a good way to an exciting life; I like new experiences.”

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree