A ROYAL Marine from Solihull has received a top award for his ‘outstanding effort and determination’ during training.
Lance Corporal Mark Starling, who is 25 and joined the Service in 2004, was awarded the Terry Morris award for Fortitude.
He was the only Royal Marine amongst a class of trainee Royal Navy chefs taking part in a 26-week course at the Defence Maritime Logistics School (DMLS) based at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.
Despite no previous knowledge of cooking, Lance Corporal Starling impressed his instructors from the start with his “strength, promise and grit” along with his “drive and positive attitude to succeed”.
On claiming the prize the former Tudor Grange schoolboy said: “It’s been my life-long dream to be the best and I’ve set myself the highest standards to become a Royal Marine Commando.
“This is the mind-set I took into the course and I’m very pleased to have been awarded this prize.”
Lance Corporal Starling has been involved in two six-month tours of duty in Afghanistan and is currently serving with the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, based in Scotland.