Tommy Atkins

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Tommy Atkins

  1. Generic term for any British soldier.
    • 1892, Rudyard Kipling, "Tommy":
      O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
      But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play
    • 1978, Herman Wouk, War and Remembrance, 2002 Back Bay Books edition, page 507:
      A voice I don't want to listen to tells me that this is England's last land triumph; that our military history ends here [] . Tommy Atkins will serve with pluck and valor wherever he fights hereafter, as always; but the conduct of the war is passing out of our hands.

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