WHO SAID WHAT AND TO WHOM?

Just a piece of trivia - funny and clever!

Admiral of the Fleet Sir James Fownes SOMERVILLE [a Signal Officer and wireless specialist], evidently with a sharp tongue and 'blue' language, who was well known for his earthy quips making him one of the lower decks most favourite flag officers, was promoted to Vice Admiral in 1937.  At the beginning of the war in 1939, he was appointed as a KCB [a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath]. Not too long afterwards, in 1941 he was appointed as a KBE [Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire]. At the second appointment his friend and colleague who had long been the C-in-C Mediterranean, namely Admiral Sir Andrew B. Cunningham sent him the following signal which Somerville cherished.

"WHAT, TWICE A KNIGHT AT YOUR AGE ?"

Later on, as Admiral Somerville approached his retirement, he was promoted to the very top of the ladder to an Admiral of the Fleet as a reward for his dedicated and long service to the nation. At that point his KCB  became a GCB and his KBE became at GBE, the 'G' meaning 'Knight Grand Cross. These are the highest ranks in these orders.