Saturday, February 26, 2011

By God, sir, so you have!

I was reading in the BBC a story about their stiff upper lip personalities. One of the stories was about Lord Uxbridge.

Lord Uxbridge, Wellington's cavalry commander, had his leg sheared off by a cannonball. Did he scream, curse and get blitheringly emotional? He did not. He said to Wellington, "By God, sir, I've lost my leg!" The Duke replied with cool concern, "By God, sir, so you have!"

I love stories like that from the Napoleonic war. There's a lot of chilvary and stiff upper lip in them.

Anyway, if you want to read more about the story, go to wikipedia here.

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