The bloke: In the Navy the Lower Deck term for the Commander. In the Army used of anyone. An officer's batman, for instance, would be spoken of as his Bloke, and the batman himself would refer to his master as his Bloke.
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.26.
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