A teenage soldier from Sheffield has been named as best recruit after completing his Army training course.
Judges said Rifleman Marcus Henstock, aged 19 and from Beighton, won the prize after never letting his professional standards – or sense of humour - slip, despite his Combat Infantryman’s Course in Catterick, North Yorkshire, being plagued by bad weather.
Marcus was set to join the Army straight from school, but an accident meant he had to defer for three years.
He said: “It feels a bit weird to have won this award, there were so many others I thought would get it.”
Capt Jack Hartley, Rfn Henstock’s platoon commander, said: “He is the kind of rifleman who sees the opportunity in every difficulty. This is a well deserved award.”
Rfn Henstock received his award at his pass out parade yesterday. He will now take leave before joining his new unit, the Second Battalion The Rifles, in Northern Ireland.