Archive for June 13th, 2010
There is a misconception that the military “Officer Class” is only for the upper class and, if someone from the lower classes makes it through the selection process, then they will never rise very far through the ranks.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The Generals want to win wars and, if someone from the middle or working classes prove that they have the ability, there is no limit to how far a talented soldier can go.
The highest rank in the British Army is a Field Marshal and it is possible for a working class boy to join the army and rise up to this very rank.
In 1860, a young, very working class, boy child was born. His name was Bill Robertson. During his 73 years on this earth he served in the British Army; in 1915 he was appointed to Chief of the Imperial Staff, and in 1919 he rose to the rank of Field Marshal. And, of course, he received a knighthood for his efforts.
Field Marshal Sir William Robertson (1860-1933) became one of our most successful soldiers of all time.
In recognition of his remarkable career he became Colonel of the “Blues and Gold Stick-in-Waiting” and held the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George, the Royal Victorian Order and the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. Three of Britain’s top orders of merit.
His medals include the Distinguished Service Order, the India Medal, the Queen’s South Medal, the 1914 Star, the British War Medal, the 1914-1919 Victory Medal, Edward VII Coronation Medal, George V Coronation Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, USA and the Croix de Guerre of France and Belgium.
This is a little bit of British history which Brown and Prescott would not like revealed to their blind followers in the North.