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Old 4th December 2017, 22:48
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Three Australian Peters, all ex-servicemen, aboard a cruise trip to Anzac Cove in 2015 and called respectively:
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Where does "Wiggy" Bennett come from?
My father's sister Polly married a Tom. From the grandfather down to the grandkids, there was: Big Tom; Little Tom; Tom-Tom and Tommy... and what a weird mob they were, one daughter, Winifred would burst into tears at the drop of a hat, so she was called Weeping Winnie!

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Old 4th December 2017, 23:31
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On Rangitane we had engineers Big John, Big Don, and Big Ron, all Scots and I don't recall ever knowing their surnames .
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On a RFA a cadet noted for his sleeping ability was known as - "Cot Death".


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A certain RFA engineer was known as Seldom Seen.

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Bungalow - Built like a house with nothing upstairs.

Lazarus - A man who was reluctant to turn-to in the morning.

There is, of course, the other Naval naming tradition of the ending 'O'
As in Johnson = Johno, Thompson = Tommo, etc.

Still can't think of a Fred....
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Bungalow - Built like a house with nothing upstairs.

But plenty down below.
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A certain RFA engineer was known as Seldom Seen.

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Bungalow - Built like a house with nothing upstairs.

Lazarus - A man who was reluctant to turn-to in the morning.

There is, of course, the other Naval naming tradition of the ending 'O'
As in Johnson = Johno, Thompson = Tommo, etc.

Still can't think of a Fred....
The Computer - You had to punch information into him.
Boomerang - Asked a question he always replied "I'll come back to you."
A.D.K. - Asked a question he always replied "Ah Don't Know"
Lightning - A chippy who could not strike the same place twice.
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Sailed with a steward who, whenever someone told a story, would come up with a better one. His nickname became 'Stopper' - short for gob-stopper - hard to swallow.

Then there was the sparkie on a tanker, who, when we hit the tropics, was the first into short pants, but his socks kept falling down. His name became 'Sparra-legs'.

Haven't seen him for years, thank goodness, but a Simon used to drink with us and garnered the name 'Whisper' - as he rarely shouted.

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Some nicknames are inexplicable. My mother was Margaret Ellen but was known to all her family as 'Dolly'. Father was Ronald George Henry and was referred to as 'Jim'. Surely any of the names on their birth certificates would have provided sufficient identification.

Neither of my parents knew the reason why their families only used the nicknames; they had no siblings or close relatives with similar first names, so it wasn't to avoid confusion.
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I once read about a man nicknamed Baghdad Jones - after he shot his father.
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#12 . One of our pursers used to call me a FRISP. Supposedly a "Flamin' Right Ignorant Scottish Peasant". Charming indeed.
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An ex-RCN submariner friend, with the surname Palmer, was given the nickname Pedlar while on exchange with HM Subs. Another ex-RCN member of the Regulating Branch (Master at Arms) Boots Green.
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Some nicknames are inexplicable. My mother was Margaret Ellen but was known to all her family as 'Dolly'. Father was Ronald George Henry and was referred to as 'Jim'. Surely any of the names on their birth certificates would have provided sufficient identification.

Neither of my parents knew the reason why their families only used the nicknames; they had no siblings or close relatives with similar first names, so it wasn't to avoid confusion.
My family,Grandad Sam known as Benny,mother Mavis was Benita,father Ernest was Edward,grandmother Melinda was Alice and me,Alastair known as Alan.Names,why bother at all? in our mob.
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Because I suffered from the dreaded mal de mer for five or six days every time we went to sea, my nickname was "Chalky".
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Fred was usually called "Fearless"
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