Army award honours Comber medic Channing Day

The newly named Royal Army Medical Corps trophy in memory of Comber medic Channing Day
The newly named Royal Army Medical Corps trophy in memory of Comber medic Channing Day

An award in memory of Comber army medic Channing Day has been presented to a high-performing junior soldier at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

Corporal Day was killed along with Corporal David O’Connor of 40 Commando Royal Marines as they made their way to deliver first aid training to police in Helmand province, Afghanistan in 2013.

The pair were shot dead by a drug-using Afghan policeman, known as Naqib, who turned his gun on the British service personnel in the Nahr-e-Saraj district.

The rogue officer was shot dead in the aftermath of the attack while an accomplice escaped.

Corporal Day’s family have given their consent to the newly named trophy – which was previously known as the Arduis Fidelis statue – to be awarded to the best junior soldier embarking on a career with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

The idea was first suggested by a platoon commander and an approach was then made to the 25-year-old’s family.

The former Strangford College pupil was one of three female military personnel killed during the 13 years of conflict.

On Thursday it was presented to Junior Sergeant Eliott Kinsella, 17, from Gloucestershire following his passing out parade.