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Crown and Anchor

From The Great War 1914-1918

Crown and Anchor: The popular, though officially prohibited, gambling game in the services, played with dice and a coloured cloth marked out in squares. The Ace, a Crown, is usually referred to as "The Lucky old Sergeant Major," and the anchor called the "Mudhook" (Navy slang for an anchor). The players put their stakes on the squares. Usually, two or three partners run a Crown and Anchor board, one man financing the board, a second acting as a sort of umpire, and the third "minding out" or keeping watch for the approach of a military policeman. Luck invariably favours the board, and in the war, when the game was constantly played in out of the way places, it was sometimes said that men in some cases "made hundreds of pounds" at Crown and Anchor, particularly the holders of the board.[1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.67.

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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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