This Week’s War: 118

I saw Harvey Gilsan today, bragging and brash worse than ever. An unfortunate officer who lives in his terraces & met him one evening in a mackintosh was rash enough to demand why he hadn’t saluted. “I will salute you Sir, if you are of higher rank than myself. May I enquire what you rank in?” “I am a captain” “And I Sir am a Lieut. Col.!!!” You can imagine how visibly H.G swelled as he recounted this.

[SP8/1/2/11/79, November 2nd 1916, John Sampson Letters].