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|| The I.O. now produces
large size Protrator, Dividers and Rule and proceeds to astonish
the Class with various sleight-of-hand tricks and, as an encore,
the Class allows him to draw yet another natty diagram, full
of Cabalistic Signs and so on, from which one could almost
forecast the end of the War!!
The hour of 10 p.m. however, is fast
| approaching, and
Private F-. is spared further effort until the next Parade
Night. After a brilliant summing-up by the I.O. of the night's
efforts, the meeting breaks up with everybody patting everybody
else on the back and telling each other in the most convincing
manner that they've certainly added to their store of knowledge
this night - if it's only two Pages from the book. … ."
YOU HEARD THESE ?
Companies and from other sources
Just before midnight, a Company was falling-in for
an all-night exercise. The Coy. Cmdr. noticed that
one N.C.O. had not brought his greatcoat. "Corporal
So-and-So" he said, "you'll need your greatcoat
before morning. Double back home and get it, you've
got time." The Corporal ran up the road to his
house and, after he had knocked at the door several
times, his wife put her head out of the bedroom window.
"What d'ye think you're doing coming back home
so soon?" she asked. "I thought you said
you'd be out all night." "I've only come
back for my greatcoat," answered the Corporal.
"Chuck it down, quick." His wife complied.
He put on the coat and rushed back to parade.
In the pale light of dawn, next morning, the Coy.
Cmdr. spotted him and asked how long he had been
a Sergeant. The Corporal looked at his sleeve, "Blimey!"
and bolted in the direction of home without even
wishing his Coy. Cmdr. good-bye.
Strange titles have been given to some of our Exercises,
which have had equally strange results when Signallers
have obeyed instructions to commence each message
: "Exercise So-and-So." And, particularly
so, if they haven't always made sure that they have
the correct telephone number.
On one occasion, a message to be telephoned was
handed in during the small hours of a certain Sunday
morning. After dialling for some considerable time,
connection was established, and the telephonist
began in the approved style : "Exercise Cat,
Exercise Cat." "What the adjective something
d'ye mean by fetchin' me out o' bed and