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Category man

From The Great War 1914-1918

Category man: A man medically pronounced unfit for Overseas Service. One capable of light duties on Home Service, or employment at a Base or Lines of Communication, in Hospital Ships. "Category" acquired at the front a general meaning of something inferior, second or third rate, and was used in that sense colloquially, for example, "This is a category sort of road." "Without actually calling you a liar, I would put you down as a Category Man - C3 in veracity." [1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.50.

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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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