Buckinghamshire Brochure Final 4 - Flipbook - Page 8
Rifleman Ray Hyde
Lance Corporal Ben Eden
MT Driver, 2 RIFLES
A Company, 7 RIFLES
Hometown: Milton Keynes
Hometown: High Wycombe
Rifleman Ray Hyde joined the Army in
March 2016, completing his training in
Harrogate and Catterick before arriving at
2 RIFLES in August 2017.
Lance Corporal Eden hails from High
Wycombe and enlisted into A Company
7 RIFLES as a Reservist in 2012 before
moving to the Anti-Tank Platoon in
He has deployed with the Support
Weapons Company to America on
Exercise RATTLESNAKE, conducted force
protection in Kenya, jungle exercises in
Sierra Leone and finally has performed
public duties with the Battalion in London.
Ray is currently working with MT to gain
additional driving licences and support the
battalion with numerous driving tasks.
He currently works as a deputy manager
in the hospitality industry with McMullen’s.
Over the last 12 months, LCpl Eden
has trained in Canada and the Brecon
Beacons in Wales, earning a welldeserved promotion. More recently, he
has deployed to Cyprus on Op TOSCA 32,
a UN Peacekeeping Operation.
IT’S A POINT OF PRIDE TO SAY
I AM A RIFLEMAN
Cadet Regimental Serjeant Major
Cadet, Buckinghamshire ACF
Cadet RSM Alice Burgham joined
Buckinghamshire Army Cadet Force in
March 2016 at 3 (Missenden) Platoon.
Since joining the ACF she has taken every
opportunity available to her, progressing
steadily through the star levels reaching
4 Star in October 2018. She led the
Buckinghamshire ACF RIFLES Cup team
in 2019, with the team achieving third
place and RSM Burgham was awarded
the prestigious title of Best Cadet overall.
In October 2019 Alice was appointed Her
Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for the
county, an appointment she has fulfilled to
the highest standard.
WO1 Ted Hawtin MM
RSM 1st Buckinghamshire Battalion.
WO1 ‘Ted’ Hawtin, the Regimental
Sergeant Major of the 1st Bucks was
wounded in the final stand of the Battalion
at Hazebrouck in May 1940 and taken
prisoner. During the battle he had been
seen dropping a hand grenade into one of
the besieging tanks. Sent to a POW Camp
in Poland, together with a Polish officer, in
January 1944 Hawtin managed to escape.
Helped by the Polish Resistance they
reached Danzig and hid in the hold of a
Swedish collier. On arrival in Sweden they
contacted the British Legation and were
eventually flown back to the UK. For his
escape and his conduct at Hazebrouck,
Hawtin was awarded the Military Medal.