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Arguably, it simply means, "temporarily performing the duties of."

Lance Bombardier - Temporarily performing the duties of a Bombardier on the way to becoming a Bombardier when one can then instruct another L/Bdr to, "temporarily perform the duties of...."

See also: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Lance Sergeant

Archaically, a long, pointy stick wielded from the back of a horse - superseded by the bayonet - and a defining attribute of various Christian Saints (St George, St Barbara, and St Michael among others)when represented in art.