Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Formerly, one of the soldiers in a train of artillery who were next to the gunners, and assisted them in loading, firing, and sponging the guns. They carried firelocks, and marched with the store-wagons as guards and assistants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mil.), obsolete Formerly, in the British service, a gunner or a gunner's mate; one of the soldiers in a train of artillery, who assisted the gunners in loading, firing, and sponging the guns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical In the British service, a gunner or a gunner's mate; one of the soldiers in a train of artillery, who assisted the gunners in loading, firing, and sponging the guns.

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  • "MATROSSES, soldiers in the artillery who load, fire and sponge the guns." (citation in list description)

    October 9, 2008

  • "... he had been reduced in rank from bombardier to matross (the rank below bombardier in an artillery battery, now abolished)."

    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 153

    May 11, 2010