Every accomplishment should be rewarded. In this case, as per a 50 year habit, a 90 year old antique has been presented to the top student of the King’s Royal Hussars Junior Non-Commissioned Officers' Cadre.
The Commanding Officer, Lt Col J.N.J. Kingsford, presents to LCpl Harris the Whip Mounter's Stick.
Commissioned in Birmingham in 1922, the 14th and 20th Hussars received the highly valuable Stirling silver stick as part of their amalgamation in which they formed the 14th/20th King's Hussars. Known as the Whip Mounter's Stick, it has been used as trophy for victorious men in the past, it was decided in the 1960’s that it should be awarded to the top student of the King’s Royal Hussars Pre-Junior Non-Commissioned Officers’ Cadre.
This year, tested for fitness, leadership and good basic infantry skills, the stick was awarded to Lance Corporal Harris (24). He said "it's great to actually get something of such value for the hard work we have to put in, I'm just sorry I can’t keep it."
This stick is just a slice of the Regiment's rich and historical past that continues to stand at the forefront of an increasingly sophisticated and high tech army.
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3 former and serving members of the King’s Royal Hussars fought through mud, fire and exhaustion in a gruelling 12 mile race.
Scott Minton, Laura Britton, Jordan Wylie and WO2 Leigh Ashton (34)
In early June, the four Hussars chose to spend their weekend at the notorious Tough Mudder Competition which was held South of London in early June. Despite the warm dry summer weather, they found themselves wet, cold and muddy by lunch time.
Inspired by the military, the Tough Mudder obstacle course is a world wide event. The courses are set up about the globe attracting thousands of adventurers with a thirst to prove themselves. They consist of 20 odd obstacles through which the competitors must fight. Such obstacles include electric wires, burning hay and long claustrophobia inducing mud filled tunnels to name just three.
On having had to swim through an under water ice filled doorway, WO2 Leigh Ashton (34) commented, "it took brain freeze to a whole new level!"
Having already raised over 2 million pounds for the charity 'Help for Heroes' and with an emphasis on team work, it is unsurprising that the competition attracts a lot of military competitors.
Already, there is talk amongst soldiers throughout the Regiment about entering the next locally held Tough Mudder competition in September.
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KRH Association and serving members of the regiment.