A Mob was classed as any collection or body of troops. It was often used in a semi-homorous sense, a good example of this being "Kitchener's Mob." Another example was "The Mob," which referred to the North Sea flotilla of destroyers operating in Heligoland Bight and off Zealand in connection with mine-laying operations. However, in this particular context the term "mob" was an old Army term and certainly had no ties relating it to a "civilian mob," something synonymous with large crowds of people typically intent on violence and disruptive behaviour
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.156.
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