Fullscrew and Lancejack

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  1. Can anybody tell me the history behind the words Fullscrew and Lancejack and where they came from?

    I have had a few explanations but I am not sure that they are correct!!

    Please Help!!
     
  2. Think it's just a soldier's way of belittling the Army system. A Lance Corporal became "Lance Jack" because, when the rank was promulgated, the term "Jack" meant, sort of - everyman. The term "screw" in those days meant earnings, so a full Corporal - earning much more than a Lance Corporal - would be on a "full screw". However, this is only my personal interpretation of these meanings. If anyone has a more solid etymological base for a reply, please feel free to enlighten us. Cheers.
    Cliff.