Tommy Atkins


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Tommy Atkins Any white regular soldier of the British army; also, such soldiers collectively; -- said to be fictitious name inserted in the models given to soldiers to guide them in filling out account blanks, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tommy Atkins a generic name for the English private soldier
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In literature:

You'll find that Tommy Atkins never keeps you waiting then.
"The Petticoat Commando" by Johanna Brandt
And so he missed the principal pleasure which hard-worked "Tommy Atkins" enjoyed at that period.
"For Fortune and Glory" by Lewis Hough
A belated Tommy Atkins crossed the bridge to make for the St. James's Barracks.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
In cases of industrial dispute Tommy Atkins would find in speeches made to-day by noble Lords and hon.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 1, 1914" by Various
He found it easy to believe this superstition of Tommy Atkins'.
"Tom Slade on a Transport" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Possessing bravery and humanity the Boer has besides what the British "Tommy Atkins" lacks, the power of initiative.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
Tommy Atkins carried 100 rounds of the new hollow-nosed Lee-Metford cartridges.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
The drone of the showman's organ playing "Tommy Atkins" reached the hardly conscious listeners as through a telephone.
"The Revellers" by Louis Tracy
The Tommy Atkins who was our guide was as serious as a mummy, but confirmed everything Ferdy said.
"The Spell" by William Dana Orcutt
Did not Kipling choose wisely his form of art in portraying the character of Tommy Atkins?
"Browning and the Dramatic Monologue" by S. S. Curry

In poetry:

And in conclusion I will say,
Don't forget his wife and children when he's far away;
But try and help them all you can,
For remember Tommy Atkins is a very useful man.
"Lines in Praise of Tommy Atkins" by William Topaz McGonagall
Success to Tommy Atkins, he's a very brave man,
And to deny it there's few people can;
And to face his foreign foes he's never afraid,
Therefore he's not a beggar, as Rudyard Kipling has said.
"Lines in Praise of Tommy Atkins" by William Topaz McGonagall
Oh, think of Tommy Atkins when from home far away,
Lying on the battlefield, earth's cold clay;
And a stone or his knapsack pillowing his head,
And his comrades lying near by him wounded and dead.
"Lines in Praise of Tommy Atkins" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then hurrah for Tommy Atkins, he's the people's friend,
Because when foreign foes assail us he does us defend;
He is not a beggar, as Rudyard Kipling has said,
No, he doesn't need to beg, he lives by his trade.
"Lines in Praise of Tommy Atkins" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Jesse Neider/The Post-Standard Tommy Emmanuel, a prodigy of the Chet Atkins style.
Tommy Wayne Atkins, bassist for the Fort Worth experimental hard-rock trio The Great Tyrant, was found dead at home last Thursday afternoon.
Part of that poem, "Tommy Atkins," reads.
Jesse Neider/The Post-Standard Tommy Emmanuel , a prodigy of the Chet Atkins style.
The flesh is much smoother and less fibrous than the bigger Tommy Atkins type mangoes.