By Robert Graves
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All our corporation commanders are regulars, and so are all our N. C. O. s. The peacetime customized of taking no become aware of of newly-joined officials continues to be kind of saved up for the 1st six months. It’s tough adequate at the Sandhurst chaps; yet worse for precise reservists, such as you and Rugg and Robertson; and it’s worse nonetheless for outsiders like me. ’ We have been happening the village highway. the boys sitting approximately at the doorsteps jumped up well to recognition as we handed and saluted with a set, stony glare. They have been great having a look fellows. Their uniforms have been spotless, their gear khaki-blancoed, and their buttons and cap-badges twinkled. We reached corporation headquarters, the place I pronounced to my corporation commander, Captain G. O. Thomas. He was once a typical of seventeen years’ provider, a widely known polo-player, and a superb soldier. this is often the descriptive order that he may himself have most popular. He shook palms with out a note, waved me to a chair, provided a cigarette, and persevered writing his letter. i discovered later that ‘A’ used to be the easiest corporation i'll have struck. The Surrey-man requested me to aid him censor a few corporation letters sooner than going over to the battalion mess for lunch; they have been extra literate than the Welsh Regiment ones, yet duller. with the intention to the mess he requested me no matter if I were out in France ahead of. ‘I was once connected to the second one Welsh Regiment for 3 months; I commanded an organization there for a piece. ’ ‘Oh, did you? good, I’d propose you to claim not anything in any respect approximately it, then they’ll now not count on an excessive amount of. They deal with us like airborne dirt and dust; however it can be worse for you than for me simply because you’re a whole lieutenant. They’ll resent that along with your brief carrier. There’s one lieutenant right here with six years’ provider, and several other second-lieutenants who've been out because the autumn. targeted Reserve captains have already been foisted at the battalion; the senior officials are making plans to do away with them in some way. The senior officials are beasts. in the event you open your mouth or make the slightest noise within the mess, they bounce down your throat. purely officials of the rank of captain are allowed to drink whisky or activate the gramophone. We’ve bought to jolly good maintain nonetheless and seem like furnishings. It’s similar to peacetime. Mess accounts are very excessive; the mess was once in debt at Quetta final 12 months, so they’re economizing now to pay that again. We get essentially not anything for our funds yet usual rations, and we aren’t allowed to drink the whisky. ‘We’ve even obtained a polo-ground the following. there has been a polo-match among the 1st and moment Battalions the opposite day. the 1st had all their respectable ponies pinched final October after they have been massacred at Ypres and the chefs and shipping males needed to arise into the road to avoid a break-through. So the second one gained simply. are you able to trip? now not decently? good, subalterns who can’t experience like angels need to attend riding-school each afternoon whereas we’re in billets. they offer us hell, too. folks were at it for 4 months and haven’t handed out but they retain us trotting around the box, with crossed stirrups more often than not, and on pack-saddles rather than riding-saddles.