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SHILLING, Eng. law. The name of an English coin, of the value of one twentieth part of a pound. In the United States, while they were colonies, there were coins of this denomination, but they greatly varied in their value.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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ONE was a grieving widower who took the king's shilling because he wanted to die on the front, the other was a conscript who wanted no more than to live and return to his family back in Blighty.
They took the King's shilling and went to the Front in innocence of the horror and brutality they would encounter.