Soldier Mike passes gunnery skills to young warriors

Corporal Mike Dutton, of the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment SUS-150428-122416001
Corporal Mike Dutton, of the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment SUS-150428-122416001
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A soldier who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan has been passing on his skills to the next generation of warriors.

Corporal Mike Dutton, of Furnace Green, took part in a seven-week training course on Salisbury Plain where he demonstrated his expertise as a gunner.

Cpl Dutton, 30, is part of the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR), which is preparing to assume its new role as a high readiness Armoured Infantry Battalion.

Known as the Armoured Tigers, the Battalion is stationed in Paderborn, Germany, but some of its training takes place in the UK.

As armoured infantry, the majority of its soldiers operate from Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles.

Cpl Dutton said: “I joined 1 PWRR 13 years ago and initially trained as a gunner.

“During my time with the battalion, I have served twice in Iraq and twice in Afghanistan.

“Being an armoured infantry soldier is a varied, challenging and exciting role and one I really enjoy. Exercises like these allow me to pass on my skills and experience to the junior ranks. I love the job I’m in.”