On parade

On parade

On parade

First published in Letters

YEARS ago in the forces there were national servicemen (conscripts) as well as regulars.

The national servicemen would get about 30 bob a week (£1.50) when the regulars would get maybe four of five pounds for doing the same work.

This did not imbue harmony within the troops.

On one occasion a disgruntled conscript was on a pay parade and when having received his pay refused to salute the paying officer.

When asked why he replied: “What do you want for £1.50, a march past? (or words to that effect).

Derek Weeks, Martin Way, Andover.

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