Born during the late 1970s, Captain Stanhope spent his youth paying far more attention to outdoor pursuits, rugby and having adventures with his Scout Group than attending his school studies. Fortunately, this helped him enormously during his illustrious British Army career, as did his so-called “academic” studies at several top British universities.
Achieving his Queen’s Commission as an Army Officer, Captain Stanhope has served as a Platoon Commander vanquishing Her Majesties enemies in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In Helmand province, during the mid 20 naughties, he visited the beautiful outpost of Kajaki, ventured to the summit of JTAC hill in Garmsir and spent a considerable amount of time located in the vibrant bustling market town of Lashkar-Gah.
Along with work of national importance, Captain Stanhope has devoted a significant amount of time attending various Officers’ Mess Dinner functions, purely for the sober research of this text. His encyclopaedic knowledge of Officers’ Mess Games is unrivalled by all three armed services and only matched by certain Royal Marines and a chap called Bertie Bumbleford.
Whilst not serving Queen and Country, Captain Stanhope enjoys hiking in the mountains of Switzerland, reading enlightening literature and running the odd half marathon race when the urge takes him.