Brothers in arms

New Army recruits at St Helens recruting office. Twins, Ben and Alistair Ferguson. (Left to right)
New Army recruits at St Helens recruting office. Twins, Ben and Alistair Ferguson. (Left to right)

A ST Helens man who pledged his oath of allegiance to the army this week is set to join the same regiment as his twin brother!

Ben Ferguson, 20, is currently limbering up to take on the demanding 28-week Combat Infantryman’s Course at Infantry Training Centre (ITC) Catterick, which his twin brother Alistair completed last summer.

During the course, Ben will endure rigorous physical training as well as learning essential soldiering skills such as fieldcraft, camouflage techniques and how to use a variety of weapons and technology.

He said: “I was attracted to the role of infantryman because I’ve seen how much my brother is enjoying it.

“I also knew that the typical nine to five job wasn’t for me as I like being active and enjoy a challenge.”

“My brother has prepared me for how tough the training is going to be, but I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Alistair can’t wait for his twin to join him in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment either.

He said: “I’m delighted that Ben’s joining the army as an infantryman, like me. It’s going to be tough for our family, having both of us away at one time, but the end result will be worth it.”