October 26, 2010
brother and sister set for life in the armed forces
brave young members of a Burnham-On-Sea family have begun careers
in the army.
King Alfred School students Joshua and Natasha Gratton, pictured,
have both passed out during recent weeks, having completed rigourous
Joshua, 20, joined the army in February and after a very intense
training programme passed out at Catterick and is now based at
Chepstow 1 Rifles. He will be going on his first tour of duty
early in 2011.
Sister Natasha, 19, is also in the army and has recently completed
her first training programme and passed out from Pirbright Army
Training Centre. She is currently undergoing further training
to become a Royal Military Police Officer.
The pair's mother, Claire Gratton, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "As
you can imagine, I am very proud of both of them. It's a great
achievement by both to complete such rigourous training programmes
and be accepted into the army."
While she says she is concerned about Joshua's tour of duty,
she added: "Statistically at his age, Joshua has a greater
chance of being hurt in a road accident in Britain than being
injured at war. Generally, we only get to hear bad news from the
warzone, not the large quantity of positive, successful work.
I am hugely supportive and proud of both of them."