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That's quality!! One of my lecturers in college during the early 80s began his military career as a subaltern in the Mountain Gunners. He started on the NW Frontier and then moved to Burma / Malaya. He transferred to the RA on the Partition of India in 1947, and finished his time as an RAEC Instructor Officer in BAOR. A cracking bloke with a vast store of interesting dits.