TITLE

What's in a name? A day in detention

PUB. DATE
November 2014
SOURCE
Daily Mail;11/25/2014, p60
SOURCE TYPE
Newspaper
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
FURTHER to Des Thorpe's letter about confusion caused on the parade ground by unfortunate names (Peterborough), perhaps I have the answer to what might have happened to MP Ed Balls in similar circumstances. When I started my National Service in 1954, we spent five days at RAF Cardington in Bedfordshire, being kitted out before being bussed to our 'square-bashing' camp. There we were met by a drill corporal, who gave us instructions to fall in beside the bus, pick up our kit and follow him to our billet. After much shouting we were almost ready to move off, but one lad was a bit too slow. The corporal bawled at him: 'You, what's your name?' to which he replied: 'Balls, Corporal.' The corporal went very red in the face and told us to stay where we were while he marched 'this insolent b*****d' to the guardroom, which was close to where the bus was. Despite vigorous protestations of his innocence, the unfortunately named recruit was charged and spent the next 24 hours in the guard room before he finally managed to convince the authorities that his name really was Balls and he'd not intended to be 'insolent and insubordinate'.
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99610498

 

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