A Guardsman, abbreviated to Gdsm., is a military rank used as an alternative to Private in some units that serve as the official bodyguard of a sovereign or head of state. It is also used as a generic term for any member of a guards unit of any rank. The British Army's Foot Guards regiments have used the rank since 1920, when it was adopted instead of private.
References / notes
- Guardsman. Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia. Accessed 21 April, 2017.
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