Jaw dropped. Your missus, a serving officer was tasked by a “wife of” and the families officer backed the wife of? No offence but it doesn’t cast your regiment in a very good light. I’d say it was the families officer who owed you the beers.Mrs 06 had a run in with the CO’s wife when we were in Hemer ( CO being the Ayatollah for those who know him). The Families Officer, who had been my Tp Sgt, was sent round to ask why Mrs 06 had not arranged the Wives Club Christmas Draw /Church flowers or some other task, she told him that she did not have time just at the moment. This did not go down well and the FO was sent back to demand compliance now.
Mrs 06 did not comply but did send back the message that Mrs CO may wish to discuss with the Ayatollah which was the priority the Wives Club/flowers or the rearrangement of her husband’s regiments ammunition stocks a task which the Corps Comd had directed her complete, Mrs 06 being SO2 (Rockets, Bombs and all things that go Bang) at HQ 1 (BR) Corps at the time. This resulted in the FO getting an earful from Mrs CO which he took on the chin but did cost me a couple of beers.
I may have recounted this story before and there may be variations in this version from the previous one, but I claim the passage of time on my memory, and also everyone else seems to elaborate their stories so why can’t I.
ps: Palimsest: not the truth of what actually happened but your memory of what happened and therefore true enough.