Using a machine gun is not common practice for a transport company worker or air conditioning service engineer.

But Braintree men Paul Evans and Cameron Gillies were sent on an overseas training exercise as members of the Territorial Army.

Mr Evans, 32, and Mr Gillies, 23, attended a machine gun course in Sennelager, Germany.

They both hold the rank of Private with E Company 3rd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment based in Chelmsford.