July 14, 2015

A reception was held at the Royal British Legion, Nairn, on Friday 10 July to mark the conclusion of 45 years of service in the British Army by Colour Sergeant John Czyrt. 

John’s remarkable achievement included 31 years with C Company 51st Highland (7 SCOTS) and its antecedents. Having started his training at the Scottish Division Junior Soldier Battalion at  Bridge of Don Barracks back in August 1970, John then served in the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) before becoming an Army Reservist.

He is widely respected in the Nairnshire community civilian role as a Highland Council roads maintenance manager. His work as Company Quartermaster Sergeant, looking after the Company’s kit on 7 SCOTS drill nights in Inverness, has often been after long hard days on the highways and byways of Nairnshire whether clearing snow and ice, alleviating flooding or removing fallen trees.

The reception was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Nairnshire, Ewen Brodie of Lethen and by the Provost of Nairn, Laurie Fraser.  Also present were current and former members of 7 SCOTS including the Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Piers Strudwick, members of John’s family, friends, and work colleagues.

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Left to Right: Lt Col Piers Strudwick, CO 7 SCOTS; Laurie Fraser, Provost of Nairn; Capt Tommy Blair, Adjt 7 SCOTS; CSgt John Czyrt, Major Alec Rose, OC C Coy 7 SCOTS; Ewen Brodie of Lethen, Lord Lieutenant of Nairnshire; CSgt Grigor Forbes, 1 HIGHLANDERS ACF & Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet.