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Wife takes over command of British Army regiment from husband

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Lt Col Lyndsey Kelly vowed to keep work and home strictly separate after replacing Lt Col Shamus Kelly as the head of No 1 Army Training Regiment. Lyndsey, 42, also promised not to make too many changes to the “well-oiled machine” that her spouse, 44, left behind.

The mother of two will now be her husband’s commanding officer, as he remains on the staff of the 165-strong regiment at Pirbright, Surrey.

She said yesterday: “I think we are both confident it won’t cause any friction.

“But equally we would be foolish to think there aren’t ever going to be any issues that we don’t have differences of opinion on.

“We are going to have to be pretty strict about not taking issues home.

“We have two little boys. Our focus when we get through the front door should be on our two boys and we need to be quite disciplined about that.”

Shamus added: “The advice I would give Lyndsey is the advice everyone gave me before I took command.

“It’s look after our people and very much enjoy the moment.”

The couple both joined the Army in 2001, and met nine years later on a training course. They married in 2013, and have children Alex, seven, and William, four.



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