Soldier on
Frank Pierce
...meaning to get on with the job in spite of adversity, with no further complaining, and stop your snivvling regardless of how down and out you may feel.

Solider on, as an expression seems to have been with us for a good while. I have a feeling that it originated with the British Army, probably during the Boer War, or the First World War, or possibly with Rudyard Kipling. This is no more than a hunch.

Does anyone have an authoritative reference as to its origin?

Webster's has the intransitive verb, "soldier," at 1647, about 300+ years after the noun, but well before Kipling or the Br schtick. THe phrase "soldier on" is the paradigmatic case the dictionary uses to exemplify the use of the verb.
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