|Originally posted by Nick1986|
The historical officers and men of the 24th were very different from their on-screen portrayals. Pvt Hook's depiction as a rogue deeply offended his daughters. In reality he was a model soldier who didn't drink alcohol
Hook was a 'teatotaller' but at the end of the battle he stands in line (heavily bandaged from a head wound) for the Rum ration --"What are you doing here Hookie?" askes a shocked CSM Bourne
"I could bloody well do with a drink after that Sarge!"
Later Hook returns to his duty as company cook and is in his shirtsleeves making tea when called around the corner by Bourne-- to Hooks horror Chelmsford and his Staff are there and want an account of the battle which he gives but Hook is horrified --"How could you let me stand and report to by General improperly dressed! shirtsleeves-disgraceful!"