I am curious as to when the practise of walting became widespread. Historically, Shakespeare's Falstaff was clearly a walt, it may be that some guys even made pretence to be on Walsingham's spy pay roll. In essence,however, it seems to be a late 20th century practice. No Victorian would want to impersonate the achievements of the licentious soldiery, however brave.Maybe the first modern walts were post WW1 ? I suspect that the paras and SAS have more than anyone else because of their glam image ? No walt is going to pretend to have been RCT or REME are they, does anyone know of one ? Would be interesting to know. No offence to lads in RCT or REME - just curious!