Victorian military memoir - question


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Victorian military memoir - question

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Jan 4, 2007, 4:37pm

I'm reading a British officer's account of his service in the Crimean War. (He was a Colonel at the time of writing.) It is pretty well-written, and he even explains a military term now and then. But I have a question.

All along, I'd assumed that "we" referred to the regiment, or to him and his fellow officers, according to context. But I was stopped in my tracks when "we" received a bullet through "our leg"!

I know that Victoria used the "royal we," but I hadn't encountered a subject using it. Was this some sort of Victorian "military-speak"? Does anyone know?

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Apr 23, 2008, 7:45am

I'd think it was pretty common to be used by the upper classes at the time. Of which he would probably have been a member, being a colonel.