Top award for army cadet officer from New Mills

Sam Camp has been awarded the Queens Medal from Sandhurst.
Sam Camp has been awarded the Queens Medal from Sandhurst.

A former New Mills pupil has passed out at Sandhurst and been awarded the Queens Medal for his results while training.

Junior Under Officer Sam Camp, 22, is from New Mills and studied at the High School and Sixth Form before going off to university in Liverpool.

Earlier this month he passed out of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Surrey where all officers in the British Army go to be trained.

He was awarded The Queens Medal because he was the Officer Cadet who has achieved the best overall results in military, academic and practical studies.

His mum, Trudy Camp, said: “We are bursting with pride for him.

“Sam is a very driven young man who likes to do well, he’s such a funny, witty and very likeable character, very sporty can turn his hand to anything.

“What he has achieved in his life is absolutely amazing.”

Sam started at Sandhurst in September last year and his training took 44 weeks.

On his last exercise in Germany he was awarded the title of Junior Under Officer. This title is only given to the top two performing members of a platoon.

He said: “I still can’t believe what I have got the Queen’s Medal and the Junior Under Officer it is such an honour.

“It was only when I went to university that I realised I could train to be an officer.

“I love what I do but the hard work isn’t over yet it’s only just beginning.”

Sam is now a 2nd lieutenant 2 Mercian Regiment Chester and now he is commissioned he has gone to the Infantry Battle School in Brecon to attend the Infantry Platoon Commanders Course for 16 weeks.

He added: “Being away from home makes you appreciate it when you go back.”