No, not arriving late, but being late of some Regt or another. Let me expand. You are a Colonel, late LI. Are you still a Colonel late LI or have you now become a Colonel late The Rifles, even though you have never actually soldiered in their badge and garb? If only red tabs from the recent chop, sorry, amalgamations, had got gongs in the New Year's Honours list I wouldn't have to ask!