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On his fourteen

From The Great War 1914-1918

On his fourteen: A term used in reference to demobilised men after the War. Such men on demobilisation were given fourteen days' leave without the necessity of reporting at its conclusion, the object being to give them an opportunity of finding civilian employment. When the men's accounts were finally settled they were credited with pay and ration allowances inclusive of the fourteen days.[1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.98.
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