Letter: Bags of room

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Sir: Unless reductions in funding for the Army are more severe than when I went on leave a week ago, the fears expressed by D Beeby (Letters, 7 March) that his grandson might be required to share a sleeping bag with a straight or gay soldier are not well founded. Every soldier is supplied with a sleeping bag, and long will this continue.

Your readers might recall comparable misplaced alarm expressed by a worthy Victorian on reading in a military cemetery the gravestone inscription: Here Lies an Officer and a Gentleman. "What are things coming to! They are now burying them two to a grave."

Mgr S H Louden VG

Principal Chaplain (Army)

Farnborough, Hampshire