Harle Syke man becomes Army officer after training at Sandhurst

PROUD: Lt Richard Graham (S)
PROUD: Lt Richard Graham (S)

A YOUNG man from Burnley has passed through the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst to become an officer in the British Army.

Richard Graham (26), from Harle Syke, has been commissioned as lieutenant in the Royal Engineers but the bright young officer is keeping his future military options open.

He said: “The 44-week course was very intense mentally and physically testing a recruit’s leadership potential.

“It is a rigorous selection process but one I really enjoyed.”

The former St Theodore’s RC High pupil decided the Army life was for him after spending three and a half years travelling, part of which was spent living in Australia. Richard was featured in the Express after driving a motorbike from China to Cambodia during that time.

The University of Manchester geography graduate added: “Joining the services was something I always wanted to do.

“I realise I may be posted to Afghanistan in the near future but I see that as an exciting prospect.”

During his training period, Lt Graham received a Commandant’s Commendation for his part in rescuing the victim of a road traffic accident near to base.

He is now on a well-earned leave until next week when he starts the next phase of his training – a six-month troop commander’s course in Surrey.

“I have chosen the Royal Engineers because I like the variety of work it offers such as bridge building, explosives and carpentry. I may also look to undertake an arduous course of training for Commandos but I’m keeping my options open.”

His mother Gillian Graham and brother Daniel (24) have said they are very proud of Richard.