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Blood money

From The Great War 1914-1918

Blood money: Compensation for wounds. The term, at the time of Great War, was common for both Army and Navy. Originally, a very old navy term dating back to the 18th Century. Also associated with an indefinite sum, which the French were popularly supposed to be presenting at the end of the war to every British soldier who had served in France.[1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.27.

Glossary of words and phrases

The above term is listed in our glossary of words and phrases of the Armed Forces of Great Britain during the Great War. Included are trench slang, service terms, expressions in everyday use, nicknames, the titles and origins of British and Commonwealth Regiments, and warfare in general. These words and phrases are contemporary to the war, which is reflected in the language used. They have been transcribed from three primary sources (see Contents). Feel free to expand upon and improve this content.
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