London: Britain's new Army chief has spent GBP 1,000 for his plus-size uniform to fit his bulky body weighing 127 kg.
General Sir Peter Wall, 55, who took over as Chief of the General Staff last week and is known as a "big eater", was measured up for a new uniform at a cost of GBP 1,000, which he paid for himself, according to the Daily Mail.
A rugby player in his youth, the six-foot-two-inch tall general nicknamed "the Bear", is known to enjoy his food and likes a drink with dinner. His favourite tipples are whisky, wine and port.
In his previous role as Commander in Chief of Land Forces, Wall ordered a review of physical training of troops to prepare them for combat in Afghanistan.
The popular GBP 165,000-a-year general is regarded as one of the military's best brains and served as the head of operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
All officers and soldiers are supposed to pass an annual battle fitness test but wall has not had one for ten years.
An Army source said: "Sir Peter used to be super-fit when he played rugby, but his job now is as a commander and strategist rather than serving in a more active operational role. His size certainly has no effect on his abilities to carry out his duties."
First Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010, 16:07