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.
This procedure is not as unfair as it sounds -- indeed the special advocates I know are not in the least beholden to the government even if they've taken the Queen's shilling.
"These men took the Queen's shilling," Mr Carpenter told TVNZ.
"They came from halfway around the world and ended up dying here and now they're bones.
Even our dogs of war now cast aside IT is a heartbreaking sight seeing ex-soldiers who once took the Queen's shilling but who are now sleeping rough on our streets, many left with the scars of war, needing alcoholic relief to hide the visions of hell.
He told Patrick Kielty's show Delete, Delete, Delete: "I remember getting this letter and it was along the lines of, 'You've gone over to England and you've taken the Queen's shilling. Who do you think you are?
Shelly said: "Our fathers took the Queen's shilling but we had no choice.
In the interim I had been accepted by the Royal Marines and went to the Bristol Recruiting Office where I took the Oath of Allegiance, I was paid a day's pay, I had taken the Queen's shilling and there was no turning back.
That is before the players get fed up and take the French euro or the Queen's Shilling in England.
In reality, the military operates as a unique component of society at large--even in a "civil society." Taking the 'Queen's Shilling' means acceptance of unlimited liability for service, including putting one's life on the line as part of the job description.
He took the Queen's Shilling at 15 and served with the Green Howards, his brother was an officer, their father was a submariner during the Second World War, and their grandfather served with the Irish Guards in the First World War.
April 23 is a day to be proud of, a day to remember and celebrate and thank the gods that good men and true will continue to take the Queen's shilling and defend the flag, the crown and good folk of these islands.

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