queen's shilling


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queen's shilling

(when the sovereign was female) n
1. (Military) (until 1879) a shilling paid to new recruits to the British army
2. (Military) take the queen's shilling archaic Brit to enlist in the army
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At last, however, when I was about eighteen, I gave them no more trouble, for I got into a mess over a girl, and could only get out of it again by taking the queen's shilling and joining the 3d Buffs, which was just starting for India.
Blind Boy Boat Club said: "We are doing what's known as taking the Queen's shilling, working with Channel Four.
Her dad took the Queen's Shilling at 15, served with the Green Howards and left military college with diplomas, his brother was an officer, her grandfather was a submariner during the Second World War, and her great-grandfather served with the Irish Guards in the First World War.
She wrote: "The men and women of the British armed forces are not expendable assets who have forfeited their right to life because they chose to take the Queen's shilling.
However, there has to be a difference between taking the Queen's shilling and taking the media's pounds.
Every fallen soldier underlines the fact they are nothing but cannon-fodder, these boys who took the Queen's shilling to escape from housing schemes and unemployment.
According to the British Military Brigadier Chris Day, "You will not see a recruiting Sergeant holding a tankard of ale with the Queen's shilling on the bottom standing in Confederation Square.
Second Lieutenant Wales of the Blues and Royals is paid the Queen's shilling and should serve like every other soldier.
It is not as if, when you take the Queen's shilling, or whatever it is they pay a young man (or woman) nowadays to abandon their hoody for a short back and sides, that you think you're signing up for kindergarten class.
They signed up and we mustn't be too prissy, or forget that when soldiers take the Queen's shilling, they are called upon to do more than march and drill.
They have done their bit, doing what they pledged to do when they signed on the dotted line and took the Queen's shilling.
All tank girls and boot boys are cordially invited to take up the queen's shilling and get free membership toLiverpool's rock-pop melting pot.