Choosing your religion

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‘Every soldier was supplied with an identity disk to be worn around his neck, on which was embossed his name, number, regiment and religion.

A member of my company, one Eastwood, when asked for his religion replied: “What are you short of?”

He finally settled for Roman Catholic, in the belief that as we were a Scottish regiment he would not have to attend church parades.

But alas! The following Sunday he was mustered and marched off with other Roman Catholics to a service about five miles away. On Monday he changed his religion. I have never seen such a dramatic conversion.’

Private Stuart Dolden, 14th (County of London) Battalion, the London Regiment (London Scottish).

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