Where Are They Now? We hear from Heathcote alumni Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts bearskin blur


Charlie Watts – Class of 2014.


Charlie left Heathcote in the summer of 2014 after sitting his GCSEs at the end of Year 11. Charlie was very clear about his intention of joining The Army, he knew what he needed to do and worked extremely hard to get the necessary qualifications to do it.

Charlie attended Army College in Devon for one year, before applying to be a full time soldier. Unfortunately Charlie was initially turned down; he was 3kg too heavy! Not to be deterred, Charlie got a part time job at Twickenham Rugby Stadium and worked out in the gym until he reached his target weight and applied again the following year – this time successfully.

Once through the “gruelling” training, and after having serious doubts about his sanity at choosing an army career, Charlie is now in Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards (the oldest regiment in the Queen’s Army). When asked, Charlie says that the best bit about being in the Army is the “live round exercises.” He is the best shot in his troop and has a medal to prove it!

“I love wearing my bearskin – which is proper bear skin!” Charlie said. The bearskin has to be shampooed, conditioned and blow-dried – yes really! It is then hung upside down, so that the hair is in the best possible condition. It is extremely hot under the bearskin but he is truly “proud” to be wearing it.

Having just taken part in the Trooping of the Colour and being “on guard” at Windsor Castle, Charlie will again be mixing with Royalty - on parade again - at the Tower of London. After a short summer break in Spain, there is a possible deployment to Iraq.


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