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    Always so liked that Tommy Atkins song!

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    The three armed services over the years have been named accordingly in shortened descriptive singular words to describe. E.G. Army = Tommy, Navy = Jolly Jack. apart from the Air Force and the boys in blue , I have always credited their name in the singular form as Biggles. Anyone have different pet names for. ? The Brylcream boys will spring to most peoples minds but this is not singular unless you knock off the last S. JS.
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    If we include the ladies: (RN/Army) Lumpy jumpers / Wooly jumpers - (Army) A female soldier as the woolly pully often exagerated the female form. (RAF) WAFF - Dorris, female member of the Royal Air Force / Penguins, term used up to 1980 to describe female members of the RAF. As at that time females didn't fly. Also used by soldiers (in a jocular way, of course) to describe the R.A.F. in general: "Penguins, all flap and no fly." / Scalee(RAF), married airmen/women living in quarters, given they were paid Scale E

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    The name Andrew to describe the Navy , only found out recently it was called that after a naval recruiter during I think the Napoleonic wars. The term matelot is also from the French word meaning seaman. JS
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    You are correct, forgot Andrew also feminine of Jack, Jenny.

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    RAF by the Royal Navy - Crab Fats (I was One) due to the uniform colour after the gunge painted on the bottom of their ships. Fish heads for the RN. Airy Fairies for the Fleet Air Airm. Pongos for the Army (My dad was one). Current for females of all the services is Lumpies.

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    What did you get as a nickname Cliff ? Was it screwdriver ? If had been Jones you would have been Davie or Locker. JS
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    Not military, but some from the yards on the Tyne.
    Haversack.....a foreman who was always on your back
    Blue light..... because he never went out
    Twin peaks......wore a baseball cap under his hard hat
    Two pies......a big eater
    Fat wallet...... had plenty of money
    Snipers nightmare......walked funny
    Wheelbarrow......walked with his hands down his side
    Undertaker.......dour faced quiet
    Scrapyard dog.....always snapping at someone
    Physco......self explanatory
    One punch......that's all it would take to KO you
    Womble......had a big rear
    The hat.....he'd work overtime at the drop of a hat
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    Just to make all those Aussie Geordies jealous, I,m sitting having a coffee & cheese scone in Low Lights cafe , North Shields. Happy days.

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