York teenager stands guard outside Buckingham Palace

York Press: Josh Downes Josh Downes

A YORK teenager has taken on guard duties at Buckingham Palace.

Former Millthorpe School pupil Josh Downes, 17, was selected to take on his first guard duties at the palace in the run up to Christmas.

Last year he received the prize for the Best Junior Soldier in the Infantry after completing a 42-week course combining vocational education and military training at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

Josh, of the Coldstream Guards, said he became even more determined to do well after being initially deferred from Army selection.

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6:32pm Mon 7 Jan 13

gmsgop says...

Well this is heartwarming. Congratulations Josh, and especially well deserved after being deferred- you did it! And with flying colours. Well done!
Well this is heartwarming. Congratulations Josh, and especially well deserved after being deferred- you did it! And with flying colours. Well done! gmsgop

6:32pm Mon 7 Jan 13

gmsgop says...

Well this is heartwarming. Congratulations Josh, and especially well deserved after being deferred- you did it! And with flying colours. Well done!
Well this is heartwarming. Congratulations Josh, and especially well deserved after being deferred- you did it! And with flying colours. Well done! gmsgop

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