A BLACKPOOL soldier has won a top award. Kingsman Daniel Richardson was named Best Recruit after finishing his training.
Kingsman Richardson, 24, from Bispham, has successfully completed the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
His platoon commander, Lt Andy Miller, said: “Kingsman Richardson has been awarded the Best Recruit prize.
“He arrived well prepared and improved as the course progressed.
“Kingsman Richardson’s selfless commitment to others was demonstrated by his willingness to help those in difficulties at every opportunity.
“He stood out in many areas of the course and this is a well-deserved award.”
Kingsman Richardson will receive his award at the pass out parade ceremony at the Infantry Training Centre tomorrow.
The kind of job Kingsman Richardson did before joining the army failed to provide the sort of challenge he was looking for.
He said: “I did not think any of the jobs I did, including being a lifeguard, were ever going to be a career, I needed a real challenge that would get the best out of me.
“My parents were a bit sceptical about me joining, but they have always been supportive. I was surprised at how mentally challenging the course is, you have to keep your wits about you, especially when you are tired and cold.
“I want to go on operations, it is what I joined for, but I might feel a bit more anxious the closer I get to going.”
After two weeks of driver training and some well earned leave Kingsman Richardson will join his new unit the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.