Stuck his spoon in the wall

Posted by Don Newburn on June 15, 2007

Stuck his spoon in the wall... Upon viewing the movie "Galipoli" I couldn't help but wonder if the phrase originated within the British armed forces wherein a soldier would basically write out a quick will, say goodbye to loved ones, bequeath whatever worldly goods he might have on his person and, in absolute obedience to a command that meant almost certain death, go over the wall into a relentless hail of enemy fire. He would use whatever utensil he had available (such as a spoon or fork) to affix his message(s) to the wall of the trench.