13 June 2015

#128 Sergeant-Majors

Cocksidge's demeanour to his superiors always recalled a phrase used by Odo Stevens when we had been on a course together at Aldershot: "Good morning, Sergeant-Major, here's a sparrow for your cat." Cocksidge was, so to speak, in a chronic state of providing, at a higher level of rank, sparrows for sergeant-majors' cats.

Anthony Powell; The Soldier's Art

Contributed by Keith Marshall