Requesting enlightenment on a small point, from Wodehouse fans – which I essentially am not: have in the course of my life read a very few Wodehouse novels (a couple of Bertie Wooster / Jeeves ones, a couple of others), and found them mildly amusing, but far from addictive.
I am, however, interested in the period which includes the earlier part of Wodehouse’s life, and in which Bertie and Jeeves basically “did their thing”. One takes it from the general time-scale, that Bertie would have been of prime military age to have taken part in World War I. So far as I’m aware, though, there is no mention in the novels, of what he did in the war. I’ve consulted Wikipedia; and found that the author tells of Bertie’s having attended Malvern House Preparatory School, then Eton, then Magdalen College, Oxford (the mind boggles) – but no mention in Wiki re Bertie’s life and times, of the traumatic-for-all-who-lived-through-it 1914 – 1918 period.
Is there mention of “Bertie and the War” (whether he fought in it, or for whatever reason didn’t) in the books – or is there not? I’d be grateful for an answer on this, from any knowledgeable devotee. It does occur to me: one has the picture that Wodehouse was a rather naive, and totally apolitical, guy, with zero interest in current affairs – did he perhaps set the Wooster novels in a kind of alternative universe in which World War I never happened?