Shooting – The Queen’s Medal

Shooting – The Queen’s Medal

The most prestigious prize to be awarded at the competition is the Queen’s Medal for the best individual shot in the British Army. The Queen’s Medal dates back to the beginnings of competitive shooting within the British Army in 1869, although it was not competed for in India where the Regiments and local associations held their own competitions.

In 1923, King George V introduced a King’s Medal which was competed for across the Empire. In 1929, Naik Barna Sing Thapa of 2nd Gurkha Rifles won the King’s Medal for Champion Shot of the Indian Empire and went on to win it three times in four years. Corporal Surjaser Rai of 10th Gurkha Rifles became the first Gurkha recipient of The Queen’s Medal in 1974.

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