Osborne is a middle aged man who’s Stanhope’s second-in-command. The men refer to him as Uncle as holds much respect for Stanhope’s abilities, experience. He takes on a caretaker role when dealing with Stanhope’s worsening condition and refuses to surpass him.
Think of it as-as romantic. It helps’ – his optimism
I know, there’s nothing worse than dirt in your tea.
‘I hope we’re lucky and get a youngster straight from school. They’re the kind that do best’ – in relation to hard work
“He’s a long way the best company commander we’ve got” – in relation to Stanhope
Oh, Lord, no, I mustn’t miss that. I’ll make a note of it in my diary”