The soldier's pay was always poor. For
the foot soldier it stayed at 1/ - (a shilling) per day from
the 1700s until 1898. Even then the soldier didn't receive it all; money was deducted to pay for his food, laundry, tailoring, haircutting and barrack room damages. The soldier was lucky to get 1d (a penny) for himself. The number of such stoppages reduced after the 1850s.