A WORTHING soldier has swapped palace guarding for Falklands guard duties.
Private Jake Haddock, 24, serves with Woolwich-based 2nd Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.
Previously, he was on public duties, guarding some of London’s most famous buildings. But he has now travelled with his battalion colleagues almost as far south as possible before reaching Antarctica, to take their turn as part of the islands’ Roulement Infantry Company.
It is their job to provide security and protection to the islands, eight thousand miles from the UK.
Jake went to Chatsmore Catholic High School before joining the Army in 2008. He had a posting to Cyprus before mounting guard at Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.
Jake said: “It has been an excellent experience to see the islands and get some first-class training in a really different part of the world. We’ve really had a chance to sharpen up our infantry skills.”
During his time on the islands, Jake has had a Falklands battlefield tour to study the 1982 campaign, visited coastal wildlife spots, and trained with both the Royal Navy and RAF.
He will return to public duties in London and prepare to support the Queen’s diamond jubilee and London Olympics next year.