A soldier of the lowest rank.
- Even during the 19th century, if an NCO or a private soldier was being court-martialled in the German army a set proportion of the members of the court had to hold the same rank as the accused.
- If McBride was a gunner - a private soldier in the Royal Artillery - he possibly came from Newry.
- Briefly working as a schoolmaster, in 1938 Rivet enlisted as a private soldier before service with the Royal Signals where he eventually rose to the rank of major and undertook service in East Africa.
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