What is the Rogue’s March?

Introduction The Rogue’s March (also Poor Old Soldier, in some contexts Poor Old Tory or The Rogue’s Tattoo) is a derisive piece of music, formerly used in the British, American and Canadian military for making an example of delinquent soldiers, typically when drumming them out of the regiment. It was also played during the punishment… Read More


What is Drumming Out?

Introduction Drumming out is the historical act of being dishonourably dismissed from military service to the sound of the Rogue’s March or a drum. In modern figurative usage, it may refer to any act of expulsion or dismissal in disgrace. Refer to Cashiering. Origin One of the earliest recorded references to drumming out occurs in… Read More

What is Cashiering?

Introduction Cashiering (or degradation ceremony), generally within military forces, is a ritual dismissal of an individual from some position of responsibility for a breach of discipline. Etymology From the Flemish kasseren (to dismiss from service; to discard [troops]) the word entered the English language in the late 16th century, during the wars in the Low… Read More