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Tommy Atkins

noun, plural Tommy Atkins. British.
1.
any private of the British army.
2.
one of the rank and file of any organization or group.
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  • And, by-the-by, why is the British soldier called “Tommy Atkins?”

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • "Grousing" is Tommy Atkins for grumbling, which is an Englishman's birthright.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • I've always admired Tommy Atkins for his sense of fair play.

    Prairie Gold Various
  • Like Tommy Atkins, he is sent to the gallery or round the music halls.

    Half a Man Mary White Ovington
  • Monologue after monologue has appeared with Tommy Atkins as a character type.

  • But from Tommy Atkins's point of view, "calm" was putting it somewhat mildly.

    Kitchener's Mob James Norman Hall
  • I have always admired Tommy Atkins for his sense of fair play.

    Kitchener's Mob James Norman Hall
  • He meant, of course, that it was no use trying to terrify Tommy Atkins.

    Tommy Atkins at War

    James Alexander Kilpatrick
  • It is confirmed over and over again in the letters of Tommy Atkins.

    Tommy Atkins at War

    James Alexander Kilpatrick
  • Ypres, or Wipers, as Tommy Atkins called it, was then considered a "hot" spot.

    Private Peat

    Harold R. Peat

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