Bringing in the big guns

Gunners, from left, Chris Parish, Callum Hawksey and Jamie Woodward
Gunners, from left, Chris Parish, Callum Hawksey and Jamie Woodward
British military dog Mali who has received the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross with his current handler Corporal Daniel Hatley

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ARMY Reserve artillery gunners left their civilian jobs behind to take on a fictional air threat from an enemy force.

The gunners from 295 Battery Royal Artillery, which is based in Hilsea, spent the weekend training on Salisbury Plain.

They used their ground-based air defence missile systems to protect troops from the simulated threat as part of the training.

Sergeant Lloyd Gillingham, from Waterlooville, said: ‘When I left the army after 22 years I missed the life so I joined the Army Reserve’s new battery at Portsmouth.

‘I find it rewarding. I have a full-time civilian job but at the weekend I train with the reserves. The balance is right.’