The battle of Astley Park

Devonshire Road TA in Chorley held a recruiting and demonstration event 'in Astley Park
Devonshire Road TA in Chorley held a recruiting and demonstration event 'in Astley Park

Chorley’s Astley Park became a battlefield hospital at the weekend.

Local Territorial Army medics showed off their skills when soldiers from Devonshire Road-based D (64) Medical Squadron (Volunteers) and 5 Medical Regiment staged a recruiting event and skills demonstration there.

Soldiers displayed how injured soldiers are evacuated from hostile situations, and visitors got the chance to try out some of the specialised equipment used in operations.

The squadron has deployed numerous soldiers on worldwide operations, and the unit is training for potential deployment to

Afghanistan.

Major Andrew Curphey, officer commanding D (64) Medical Squadron, said: “The capabilities demonstration at Astley Park was an ideal chance to find out what we do here and what we do on operations overseas.”

If anyone is interested in signing up, the quadron currently has vacancies for clinical professionals, combat medical technicians, drivers, chefs, radio operators and military clerks. No previous experience is required.

Anyone interested in joining the Territorial Army, with the benefits of paid training and an annual tax-free bounty up to £1,694 once trained, should contact Lancaster House TA Centre on 01257 226938.