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The Origins of the Rank of Bombardier
         
      Article Supplied by
Mr Christopher Jobson
         

Did You Know:   The rank of Bombardier is derived from the Bombard, which was used at the Battle of Crecy in 1346 (the first battle in which the British employed artillery); the rank was the junior-most NCO and it was his duty to ignite the cannon’s charge.   Originally the titles of the Arti8llery’s junior NCOs were bombardier and corporal; however, in 1924, in the Australian Artillery, these ranks were replaced with lance bombardier and bombardier.

         
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  Bombardier or Corporal   Lance Bombardier or
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