The Commander of 1 (UK) Division, Major General Ralph William Wooddisse CBE MC, was shown a demonstration of the 1 Irish Guards’ community spirit over the weekend when he visited a Community Engagement Project at the Bridge Academy in Nanyuki.
Educated at Denstone College and University College London, Major General Wooddisse was commissioned into the Royal Anglian Regiment on 3 September 1989. After serving as a company commander during the Iraq War, he became commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment in March 2009. He went on to be Assistant Head, Military Strategic Plans at the Ministry of Defence in May 2012, Commander of 38th (Irish) Brigade in November 2013 and General Officer Commanding 1st (United Kingdom) Division in May 2017.
Already Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Wooddisse was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours.
During their weekend with the children, the Irish guards constructed some obstacles in the playground, cooked food for them to eat and played a variety of games.
The Irish Guards are currently being put through their paces on Exercise Askari Storm in Laikipia. The training exercise, run by the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK), are designed to prepare British Light Role Forces for future commitments through the delivery of arduous, expeditionary and challenging training.
Posting to their Facebook page, BATUK said: “This was a perfect opportunity for the Irish Guards to demonstrate how important strong community bonds are to BATUK. It was plain to see; that this kind of experience is extremely rewarding to both the children and the soldiers alike.”