Kate some superb research going on, well done. It's not that unusual for a bit of bragging to happen in the pubs and to the family. Many many years ago I was in a local pub, on leave, with my dad. And there was a rather loud mouthed twit talking about an engagement that had taken place in Aden. The gentleman in question had 'an English tan' like porcelain and had never seen a hot sun. A quiet whisper in his ear on a toilet break, caused him to pee on his shoes and flee when I mentioned I was in that action and he was never to be seen again.
Keep up the postings, love reading them.