At first, Private Quelch was a hero in the eyes of his fellow soldiers. He had deep knowledge about everything. Those who had doubts on any subject lost them after five minutes conversation with him. He was called as the ‘Professor’ by the other soldiers. He was able to answer all the questions the Sergeant asked him about rifles accurately. It enhanced his reputation in the eyes of his fellow soldiers. He knew all the technical definitions and scientific terms by heart. He borrowed training manuals and stayed up late at night reading them. He believed in intelligent reading. He was thus respected by his fellow soldiers.