Stevenage soldier wins top award

Private Kurt Mannell

Private Kurt Mannell - Credit: Archant

A STEVENAGE soldier has won a top army award.

Private Kurt Mannell won the Soldiers’ Soldier award, after successfully completing the Combat Infrantryman’s Course in Catterick, North Yorks.

The 19-year-old joined the army as soon as he left his school, Thomas Alleyne.

“It was wicked to be told I was the soldiers’ soldier,” he said.

“It was a humbling to see how my efforts had been appreciated by the lads.”

After two weeks’ driver training, Private Mannell will be taking some leave before joining his new unit the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment based in Bulford.