Agreed. The only one I can remember who went at 42 was a Sergeant who had joined at 18 years. The key thing here on the 24 years ( actual) service was that:Pensionable service for soldiers in those days didn’t start until 18, so the most he could have taken over to the police is 2 years mil pension, which would equate to maybe a year of police pension. I still can’t see anyway that he could have left at 42 with a pension that would allow him to never work again, unless he was seriously incapacitated.
1] He left on one of the service's periodic clearing outs which lead to:
2] Medical discharge ( for enlarged heart) seemingly in perfect health although he did die of cancer a couple of years later.
Given the dreadful nature of village gossip, it is quite likely he did his 25 and the bearer's of village doom have lopped a few years off his service. If he lasts to the age of 80, he will have done 1 weeks service making tea as a probationer and received a yearly pension equivalent to the GDP of Ecuador.