May 6, 2016
‘Froggies’ is slang for French.
PMG means Post Master General, or a ‘telco’ in modern parlance;
KIA means killed in action.
A ‘bar to his MM’ or a ‘bar’ means he has one that medal twice. ‘Two bars’ is three times.
‘Cleaned the mob up at nap’ is unknown to me.
Après la Bataille’ is a poem by Victor Hugo and turned into a song, ‘bloche beni’ and ‘Maitre Renard’ (Burgundy) are unknown.
CCS is Casualty Clearance Station. These were forward aid posts.
5th Division is the fifth and final division raised by Australia during the Great War, although there was an abandoned attempt to raise a 6th Division.
“Heads” means senior officers.
“Blighted” means wounded to the extent that the soldier is evacuated to England (‘Blighty”);
‘Mills bombs’ are grenades;
‘bingy’ means belly.
‘40 Hommes, 8 Chevaux’ or ’40 men, 8 horses’ was printed on the sides of very commonly used open railway trucks used to transport allied troops around the back areas of the western front.