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    Question Definition of the phrase "On Command"

    In researching my 3GGrandfather's British Army military record and using the War Office Muster Books for the 63rd Regiment of Foot at TNA at Kew, I have noted that for a number of quarters, my grandfather is noted as being "On Command" [sic].

    While my inference is that he is performing duties as requested by the Commander, I am wondering if there is a specific definition of the phrase "On Command"?

    Thank you, in advance.

    Megan in Sydney, Australia

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    In the military a Command is a military unit or region under the control of a single officer.
    If a man is "On Command" he is part of that unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Etchells View Post
    In the military a Command is a military unit or region under the control of a single officer.
    If a man is "On Command" he is part of that unit.

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    Thanks for your response, Guy! Makes sense to me...

    I also found this while searching for the ON COMMAND phrase:
    https://www.royalprovincial.com/etc/gloss/gloss.htm

    "On Command - A term used for a soldier on detachment or on duty away from his regiment."


    As my 3GGF was not shown with his Company mates in the Muster Book, I am lead to believe he was on duty away from the regiment... so both explanations fit!

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