Captain James Glover

Captain James Glover

Captain James Glover aged 28, comes from Tiverton in Devon. He attended Tiverton High School and Richard Huish College in Taunton before attending Oxford Brookes University obtaining a BA (Hons).

James attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in January 2002 and was thereafter commissioned into 1 Royal Anglian.

He has had a wide and varied career in the past 5 years, from his humble beginnings as 6 Platoon Commander B Coy to ADC for Commander Regional Forces (CRF) and as a Brigade Liaison Officer in Afghanistan.

James enjoys sailing, skiing, shooting and riding.

Lieutenant Andrew Colquhoun

Lieutenant Andrew Colquhoun

Lieutenant Colquhoun started his military career by completing a Gap Year Commission with the Grenadier Guards in 2001/2002, during which time he commanded a platoon participating in ceremonial duties in London.

He attended Newcastle University studying History specialising in Irish History. During his time there he skied for the university team and was the Vice President and Secretary in his final year. Andrew played rugby throughout his time at Newcastle and is always keen to participate when time permits within the Battalion. During his time at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), Andrew rowed for the 1st VIII and Sailed for the Sailing Team, both dinghy and yacht. Andrew was the navigator on the RMAS boat that won the Army Offshore Sailing Championships in 2006 and frequently sailed as a member of the Army Sailing Team during his training at RMAS this led to him skippering an expedition around Majorca and Menorca in 2006.

Andrew commissioned from the RMAS in August 2006 moving onto his Platoon Commanders’ course in Brecon in September, the final exercise for this was a month in Malawi. He has since joined his Battalion stationed in Belfast. Due to the end of Op Banner, his Battalion is now re training into a light role in preparation for future operations.

Private Kris Bhudoye

Private Kris Bhudoye

Private Kris Bhudoye aged 26, comes from Newcastle Upon Tyne. He attended St Bedes in Lancaster and later studied Graphic Design and Advertising at Newcastle College. On completion of his course he relocated to Edinburgh for a short time to undertake a job in Advertising, before moving back to Newcastle to further his career.

Kris has friends currently serving in the Forces, including the Royal Navy and the Royal Marine Commandos, members of Kris’s family have also served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) and Special Air Service (SAS). So it was no surprise when Kris decided to pursue a new challenge by enlisting in the Army.

Kris’s chosen trade was as a Ammunition Technician within the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC), primarily because it specialises in the highly technical and complex field of munitions. His aspiration later on in his career is to work within Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Bomb Disposal).

During his initial training at the Army Training Regiment Pirbright (ATRP), Kris was awarded by his peers, the “Soldier Medal”. The recipient of this medal is voted for by fellow trainees as top student. After basic training Kris moved to 25 Training Regiment at Deepcut, Surrey in order to continue training in his chosen trade.

On completion of the expedition, Kris hopes to be selected for the Ammunition Technician course, where he be will taught and encouraged to develop the sufficient skills and knowledge, before joining an RLC Regiment within the UK or Germany.

Kris enjoys boxing, supporting Newcastle United and music.

Signaller Christopher Davies

Signaller Christopher Davies

Signaller Christopher Davies aged 19, comes from Mowbray, Leicestershire. He attended King Edward VII school and cadets for a short period. After leaving school he worked in various high street retail outlets. He started his initial military training as the Army Training Regiment Lichfield (ATRL) before then moving on to the Royal School of Signals to pursue a career as a Royal Signals Electrician, where he obtained the distinction of top tradesman.

After completion of the expedition he will be posted to 14th (Electronic Warfare) Signal Regiment, Brawdy, where he will obtain a myriad of driving qualifications.

Christopher enjoys football and has a keen interest in IT.

He has thoroughly enjoyed both Initial training and special to arms (trade training) and is relishing the chance to expand his knowledge in both his trade and in soldiering skills once he reaches his Unit.

Private Jade Dunham

Private Jade Dunham

Private Jade Dunham aged 17, comes from Farnborough, Hampshire. She attended Farnborough Hill School and was a member of the Army Cadet Force for 3 years and reached the rank of Cadet Lcpl. After leaving school in July 2006 she started a Public Service course at Merrist Wood College. It was always Jades intent to enlist into the Army once her course was complete, however, the course was not what she had envisaged and therefore left early to pursue a military career. She completed her initial military training at the Army Training Regiment Bassingbourn (ATRB) in June 2007 before moving on to the DCLPA at Worthy Down in Winchester to train as a Military Administrator.

After the expedition, Jade will be posted to 16 Signal Regiment in Elmpt, Germany.

Jade enjoys all sports, especially Skiing, Swimming and Gymnastics. She would really like to attend the Physical Training Instructors course in the future and aspires to achieving a Skiing Instructor qualification.

Private Gavin Elliott

Private Gavin Elliott

Private Gavin Elliott aged 17, comes from Worksop in Nottinghamshire. He attended Dinnington Comprehensive. He started his initial military career at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick (ITCC) which is a combined basic and special to arms training establishment. ITCC has a reputation as being a premiere Infantry training unit the world over.

Gavin’s hobbies are recreational shooting and football.

Gavin enjoyed his training immensely particularly fighting in built up areas and those tactical exercises undertaken in the field, where he was able to put in to practice the skills and drills taught during his time at Catterick.

Sapper Andrew Grieve

Sapper Andrew Grieve

Sapper Andrew Grieve aged 22, comes from Plymouth in Devon. He started his initial training at the Army Training Regiment Lichfield (ATRL) in February 2007. He found Basic Training both challenging and interesting, learning the fundamental skills necessary to carryout the tasks expected of a young soldier. Once complete he completed a 9 week Combat Engineer Course at 3 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment at Minley, Surrey.

On completion of the expedition, he is due to attend a 49 week course to become a Design Draughtsman at 1 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment, Chatham in Kent. The course involves learning to design and draw detailed layouts of buildings, bridges and other structures. On completion of the course and qualified as a Design Draughtsman, Andrew to join 36 Engineer Regiment in Maidstone, to put into practice what he has been taught for the good and benefit of the Army.

In the longer term, Andrew aspires to train as a Royal Engineer Diver and possibly complete the Parachute Selection course to gain a Maroon Beret.

Outside the normal working environment, he enjoys Rugby and Kayaking.

Pte Callum Ladell

Pte Callum Ladell

Private Callum Ladell aged 18, comes from Felixstowe in Suffolk. Callum was a student at Orwell High School and was an active member of the Felixstowe Royal Artillery Army Cadet Force. Callum had decided at an early age to enlist into the British Army, so on completion of year 12 a/s levels he embarked on a military career. He started his initial military training at the Army Training Regiment Pirbright (ATRP) before moving to 25 Training Support Regiment at Deepcut to train as a potential ammunition technician within the Royal Logistics Corps.

Callum enjoys swimming, cycling and riding his motorcycle. He also attends Rock concerts and festivals when time permits.

After the expedition he is hoping to attend a driver training course at the DST Leconfield, before continuing training within his chosen field. On completion, he is hoping to be posted to 11 EOD Regiment RLC and is looking forward to a long and rewarding career in the Armed Forces.

Rifleman William Nicholls

Rifleman William Nicholls

Rifleman William Nicholls aged 17, comes from Bideford in Devon. He attended Bideford College. From a very young age William had an interest in archery and after leaving school was employed as an Archery Instructor at his local club. Aged 17, William decided to pursue a life within the military which he believed would facilitate future career prospects. William completed both his initial and special to arms training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick (ITCC), where he was taught the fundamental skills and drills expected of an Infantry soldier. He was awarded the “Soldiers Medal” my his peers, this is presented to the trainee that his fellow trainees regard as the most outstanding soldier of that intake.

Apart from archery, his hobbies include football, surfing and snooker.

William enjoyed his training especially the live firing exercise and fighting in built up areas, and his looking for to a challenging and eventful career.

Cpl Jamie Smith

Cpl Jamie Smith

Cpl Jamie Smith aged 28, comes from Corby. He attended Our Lady and Pope Senior School. Jamie joined the Army in 1993 and completed initial training at the Army Training Regiment Bassingbourne (ATRB) before then moving on to the Defence College of Communication and Information Systems(DCCIS) at Blandford to continue his training as a Driver Lineman (equivalent BT Technician).

Since joining the Army Jamie has been fortunate enough to serve his country on numerous operational tours including Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq to name a few. He has also been involved in military exercises in such places as Cyprus, Canada, Italy, Oman, and Poland, which he has enjoyed immensely. He is currently serving at DCCIS as an Instructor, passing on his experience and knowledge to those soldiers who will one day take his place.

Jamie’s hobbies are football, running and x-country.

Jamie has really enjoyed his career in the Army, which he says is diverse and challenging and intends to serve the full 22 years. During the expedition Jamie will be the ARTD Instructor responsible for nurturing the trainees leadership qualities.

Craftsman Daniel Surtees

Craftsman Daniel Surtees

Craftsman Daniel Surtees aged 17, comes from Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.  He attended Biddulph High School.  After completing his education Daniel spent a short period of time as a shop assistant.  In order to enhance his future prospects, in September 2006 he enlisted in to the British Army to pursue an ambition of becoming a Recovery Mechanic in the Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (REME).  Daniel chose this trade as it offered challenges both physically and mentally and he enjoyed the hands on approach.  Daniel completed his initial training at the Army Training Regiment Bassingboure (ATRB) thereafter Daniel undertook a prolonged period of driver training during which he gained both his B and C licences.

Daniel was selected to participate on Leadership Through the Atlantic Expedition in order to develop his leadership qualities, which were highlighted initially during phase one.  On completion of trade training as a Recovery Mechanic Daniel hopes to server with an armoured Infantry Battalion in Germany.

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