Duchess makes flying visit for trophy giving

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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester paid a flying visit to Sennybridge ArmyTraining Area in North Wales to present a trophy in memory of a local man.

The annual Fentiman Trophy competition was dedicated by the Battalion to the memory of Rifleman Andrew Fentiman of E Company, based in Milton Keynes.

Andrew was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.

The trophy is competed for over a full weekend and members of the Battalion – who are based in Oxford, Aylesbury, Reading, West Ham and Davies in London along with Milton Keynes, are tested on a range of skills, both physical and military.

Map reading and navigating between a range of stands, which included vital battlefield first aid skills and drills, and command tasks were all undertaken – skills designed to test the knowledge of the Reservists.

The Duchess of Gloucester was greeted by Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Tim Harper, when making her visit on July 27 and 28.

The Royal guest then watched the teams finish a six-mile timed march, followed by a final 600 metre run to the firing range where they were tested on their firing skills.

There were congratulations all round, with F Company winning the trophy.