In Reply to: Re: Die-Hards posted by Bob B on Wed, May 17 2017 at 04:33 PM CDT:
It is in deed the regiments’ day where at one time all the officers would meet in the Wos’ & Sgts’s mess to celebrate the day by taking a silent toast in memory of the battle. Those present would form a circle with Officer WO or SNCO in that order. To the right of the CO would be the most junior SNCO.
The CO would read out the immortal words take a sip from the loving cup and pass it to his left normally the RSM who would take a sip and pass it on, and so it would continue passing it on with not a word spoken. Hence The Silent Toast. The mess caterer would be following behind and topping up the cup when necessary and the last person would be the junior NCO who on taking his sip pass it to the mess caterer.
However the Junior Sgt would be briefed that on receiving the cup he had to ensure the cup was empty before handing it to the mess caterer. Which was a lie of course. There were always a lot of champagne in the cup when it reached him. Only those in the know knew what would happen next, as the poor fellow struggled to empty the mug he would splutter and choke spilling it everywhere. The CO was never to pleased, but bloody funny to watch.
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