The hotel where we put up was owned by Bruzeaud, formerly a messman of a British regiment.
Celebrations were carried on into the night, but no one forgot the cook and the messman.
Some may have wanted the training and experience to be gained from messman's service.
The cook and messman often made their presence felt and heard.
Job preference had already figured in the organization of the new messman's Branch established in January 1943.
The first hint of this came from the messman and cook who commenced to make a Herculean sweep of the pint-mugs and tin plates.
The beaker was so greasy and filthy that I could not help turning round to the messman and saying, 'Fellow, get me a glass!'
Then the messman ran out to the trap-door and saw that the northern wireless mast had disappeared.
The cook prepared the meals, and the messman of the day rendered any assistance necessary.
It was naval tradition to have black sailors in the integrated ranks and a separate messman's Branch.