TROOPS have voted to given a local man a top army award.
James Kelly has received the Soldiers’ Soldier Award, which is presented to the recruit whose peers think is the best soldier in the platoon.
James (29) has successfully completed a Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
His platoon commander, Captain Drew Ward, said: “Highlander Kelly is the soldier his peers would most like to have at their side in combat.
“This is a mark of the high regard he is held in and an exceptional honour from his peers.”
James, from Moodiesburn, received his award at the pass out parade ceremony at the Infantry Training Centre.
Four years ago he completed five months training with the Royal Marines before breaking a bone in his foot.
James said: “I left the Marines and thought that was it. But I really did want a career in the army so I joined up with the infantry before I got too old.
“I am not sure why I got the award, but I don’t sit around waiting to be told what to do, I get up and do it, and I help others to do the same.”
James (pictured) will take some well-earned leave before joining his new unit The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, in Germany.
The battalion is currently deployed to Afghanistan.