Soldier wins top award

Junior Soldier Daniel Griffiths of Sleaford was named Most Improved Junior Soldier and awarded the Gilbert Statue. Photo: Sgt Jamie Peters RLC EMN-170228-115619001
Junior Soldier Daniel Griffiths of Sleaford was named Most Improved Junior Soldier and awarded the Gilbert Statue. Photo: Sgt Jamie Peters RLC EMN-170228-115619001

A teenage soldier from Sleaford won a top prize when he graduated from the Army Foundation College.

Junior Soldier Daniel Griffiths, 17, was named Most Improved Junior Soldier and awarded the Gilbert Statue at the prestigious military training establishment.

The former Carre’s Grammar School pupil was presented with his prize as part of a passing out parade from the college in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, opened in 1998 to train soldiers.

More than 600 Junior Soldiers graduated from the college last week, going on to do their Phase 2 training.

Junior Griffiths said after winning his award: “I am glad that I managed to achieve such a high standard during my phase one training.”

More than 4,000 family members and friends watched the Junior Soldiers take part in the largest military graduation parade in the country.

Barry Dodd, Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, inspected the Junior Soldiers.

Lieutenant Colonel William Strickland, the College’s Commanding Officer said: “It has been long and hard, and sometimes emotional. The majority proved equal to the test, and they are the future of the British Army.”