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Old January 20th, 2014, 06:11 AM   #11
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Apparently the famous rum ration wasn't your standard Pub or shop type, it was pretty lethal if over indulged A tablespoon was issued before attacks, and two tablespoons were enough. Some accounts describe stone rum bottles stolen from trains after the Armistice as the lads marched and rode back to Blighty ("lucky Blighter" apparently comes from wounded soldiers getting a ticket home to England). There are tales of drunken engine drivers, and soldiers blind drunk rolling around in the mud when they got to tented transit camps (in January!).

Rowbotham (in Tucker, J., 2010) tells of bumping in to the Prince of Wales (of Mrs. Simpson fame) after the battle of Flers, behind the lines. Edward was alone, and asked the lads the way to the Front so he could get a look. Rowbotham tells of a mad CO, who after the Armistice stuffed his detachment in to boring lectures about future plans for the Army in 1919, when everybody else was stood down and on the town. Though he does praise the young officers and says his own were brave and generally respected.

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