British Commonwealth of Nations: Six-Footers

COMMONWEALTH (British Commonwealth of Nations)

For the rum-tum-tum

Of the military drum;

And the guns that go boom! boom!

General Sir George Wentworth Alexander Higginson, age 100, height six feet, beloved as "The Father of the Guards," author of Seventy-One Years of a Guardsman's Life (1916), beamed exultantly last week at the news that the Grenadier Guards' minimum height requirement has again been raised to the traditional six feet after being lowered to five feet ten a year ago because six-footers of good fighting calibre were growing scarce.

The Foot Guards, comprising the Grenadier...

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