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What is the meaning of "duly attached" in the sentence from Sherlock Holmes novel "A Study in Scarlet"?

"I was duly attached to the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers as Assistant Surgeon".

Does "duly" mean "properly" or "as expected"? Also does "being attached" mean "designated"?

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In this sentence, does "duly" mean "properly" or "as expected"? Also does "being attached" mean "designated? – user36810 Mar 12 '14 at 15:17
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As you suspected, in this case (and time period), the meaning is "as expected," or "as events took their normal course." The "attached" part does mean "assigned to" or equivalently "ordered to join...".

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Duly attached just means he was a part of the regiment per his orders.

A surgeon wouldn't typically be a regular combat soldier in the regiment, so he would be attached meaning that he followed the regiment as their medic. In this sense, attached means assigned for special duties.

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The word fighter, is strange and awkward in this context. That's normally a word for a category of combat aircraft en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fighter_aircraft. A way of saying it that would be more suitable, would be combatant dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/… or combat soldier. – Tristan r Mar 12 '14 at 15:59
@Tristanr Fighter one who fights, warrior, etc. It's perfectly apt. Fighter to mean plane is the secondary meaning of the word, and was derived from that usage. – David M Mar 12 '14 at 16:08
It doesn't sound very appropriate for a professional, military person. It just covers anyone who fights in general, without referring to military personnel in particular, which this question is about. – Tristan r Mar 12 '14 at 16:13
@Tristanr There. I've changed it. – David M Mar 12 '14 at 17:04
@Tristanr Well, it seemed to be a sticking point for you. And, it didn't harm the meaning of the answer in either case. – David M Mar 12 '14 at 17:08