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Thread #12665   Message #3030605
Posted By: meself
12-Nov-10 - 04:10 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
I would be surprised if a definition - nay, several - have not already been given in this thread, but, oh well: the most likely is that 'sub' is short for 'subsistance', which indicates a kind of partial payment of wages, the bulk of which were to be paid out at the end of the job.