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Sunday, 11 November 2007

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Sailors from Portsmouth climbed all over Pompey's Column in Alexandria.

Rumbold, I'm grateful for the info and I'm not inclined to doubt it given your evident learning on the subject of Asian members of the British armed services, but could you be a little more specific? When, and what were the circs, for example. Thanks in anticipation.

David:

There seem to be a number of competing theories, but those offer no evidence (and most just some sort of derivation from Pompey the Great, whether from his deeds or his column in Alexandria). This pretty much sums up what I know:

http://portsmouth.rivals.net/default.asp?sid=922&p=2&stid=7974813

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