Highlands & Islands

Joining Army 'a family tradition' for Stevensons

A family in the Highlands have extended their connections with the Army following a ceremony in Inverness.

Alexander Stevenson, from Inverness, has been sworn in as a new recruit by his father Maj John Stevenson, of 3 Scots, the Black Watch.

The 18-year-old's brother, John, 27, is about to deploy to Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers.

Their grandfather, also, Alexander served with the Royal Engineers during World War II.

The latest Stevenson to join up said: "Joining the Army wasn't going to be a rite of passage as I had to pass a number of very stringent tests.

"Thankfully I passed and I can't wait to start my basic training and continue the family tradition with a fulfilling career in the Army."

Alexander's father, Maj Stevenson, said he was proud of his sons.

He said: "Alexander follows a long line of family members who have joined the Army and if his career is anything like mine, he'll have a fantastic experience and see parts of the world he'd probably never see."

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