Old Persean wins The Queen’s Medal at Sandhurst
23 Jan 2014
An Old Persean has won The Queen’s Medal at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for gaining the highest score in military, practical and academic subjects over the arduous 44-week training course. The winner is made known to Her Majesty the Queen.
Set on an Army career from his days in the CCF at The Perse, Richard Whittle (2007) secured his place at Sandhurst when he was 16. He graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge, with an MEng, having received an Army bursary during his four years there. In his first three years as an undergraduate he was a member of the Officer Training Corps, commissioning as a Territorial Army officer at the end of his second year.
During his third year, Richard passed the P Coy Army Reserve Pre-Parachute Selection, and in his final year he joined the 4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (4PARA) as a Second Lieutenant.
During that year Richard volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan, and so postponed his year at Sandhurst. He was promoted to Lieutenant in the TA during the tour.
Richard then joined the British Army and took up his place at the RMA. His parents, Nigel and Sharon, attended the 173rd Sovereign’s Parade to see him pass out and be awarded the Queen’s Medal by Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank.