When did you first hear the term Rupert, to describe a junior officer? I believe the first time I heard it used was in 1974. At the time I was in Gibraltar and we had a recently joined subaltern, 2nd Lt Rupert SNU (not actually Unknown to me, of course, just that one needs to spare the boy any embarrassment if he happens to read this). Our young Rupert SNU had managed to earn himself a fortnights worth of extras as Duty Officer and we all felt a degree of sympathy for him. Bets were being taken as to the likelihood of the fortnight being extended to a month. Whilst on Four Corners Guard we rang the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation (one man and his dog she wasnt that bad, actually) and requested the song Rupert the Bear, to be played for Lieutenant Rupert SNU, hoping that he would soon get better. GBC dutifully relayed this verbatim. Poor Rupert Everyone sings his name as the song went. The Adjutant was heard to remark to the CO, Well, at least the men seem to like him, Sir, if only for the entertainment value to which the CO replied, Bugger the entertainment value! Id rather he simply managed to complete his Duties without some bloody disaster happening! The mans so wet, you could shoot grouse off him! And that, so far as I am concerned, is the beginning of Rupert! Any more for anymore?