Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The RSM Returns

I will catch-up eventually. I've been away at Coventry airport on a course for two days and haven't been in long. In the hour and fifteen minutes between Coventry, Luton airport and here this afternoon, the change in weather has been remarkable. The Midlands under low cloud with standing puddles and from Canvey Island, the North Kent coast under bright sunshine.

A couple of personal comments have now been deleted from one of the comment threads. Sorry but you know my rules, no personal abuse please, however tempting it might seem at times.

Here another photograph for you all, apparently it's a source of local military nostalgia, a character, RSM Brittain. Can anyone tell me more?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Regimental Sergeant Major Brittain was an excellent but feared RSM in the army of some years ago.
He had a voice which went with the job.

Anonymous said...

The only RSM Brittain I know of was a drill intructor in the Guards depot at Caterham Surrey.
Sorry I can't be of more help.
he wasn't my drill instructor but was probably as tough as mine who was known as "The Skull" as he didn't have an ounce of spare flesh on him.

Anonymous said...

Jolly decent of you to remove that 'sad moron' comment (and please note who started it). I'm afraid I couldn't help having a pop back so I'm not bothered about mine being deleted as well - fair's fair.

Ken said...

You seem to have inadvertantly missed a very personal and insulting comment on your "Thanets most wanted thread. Or is it just the usual double standards?

Anonymous said...

Regarded as the 'top' soldier in the Army at the time, his spell at Sandhurst was remembered by many Officer Cadets with fondness and respect. One of his lines when introducing himself to a fresh faced bunch of new 'Gentlemen cadets' was "Gentlemen, I address you as Sir, and you adress me as Sir, the only difference is that you mean it!"

Anonymous said...

Coldstream Guards and RSM at Mons Officer Cadet School(OCS)in Aldershot late 40s early 50s.

DrMoores said...

Ken, thank you for your constructive comment. I have a life as well as standards. I have removed comment moderation from this weblog in the hope that people like you will behave responsibly but I wonder if you have any idea of how many emails I have to read each day, as well as watch every single comment that appears on this weblog? Perhaps you would prefer it if I turned comment moderation back on?

I will look for the offending comment and if it breaches this websites acceptable use policy, I will remove it!

Anonymous said...

Comment moderation? Try and avoid it, Ed!

Tony Beachcomber said...

RSM Brittain on inspecting a soldier touched his stick on the soldiers belt, shouting " there is a piece of s**t on the end of my stick" the soldier replied "not on my end sir", Respecting comment moderation I cannot tell you what happened next but you can imagine..