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linkboy

(ˈlɪŋkˌbɔɪ) or

linkman

n, pl -boys or -men
(Professions) (formerly) a boy who carried a torch for pedestrians in dark streets
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Noun1.linkboy - (formerly) an attendant hired to carry a torch for pedestrians in dark streets
attendant, attender, tender - someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
References in classic literature ?
'Servants is in the arms o' Porpus, I think,' said the short chairman, warming his hands at the attendant link-boy's torch.
It was not unusual for those who wended home alone at midnight, to keep the middle of the road, the better to guard against surprise from lurking footpads; few would venture to repair at a late hour to Kentish Town or Hampstead, or even to Kensington or Chelsea, unarmed and unattended; while he who had been loudest and most valiant at the supper-table or the tavern, and had but a mile or so to go, was glad to fee a link-boy to escort him home.
Little light seems to be behind those lean, comfortless casements now, and hospitality to have passed away from those doors as much as the laced lacqueys and link-boys of old times, who used to put out their torches in the blank iron extinguishers that still flank the lamps over the steps.