Mar 31, 2016
AIF: is The Australian Imperial Force
The “strong”: means the news of the war. I wouldn’t have understood the Light horseman either!
Liverpool Camp: is now an industrial estate on the eastern bank of the Georges River in the suburb of Liverpool, NSW.
Marmalades: was a derisive term at the Liverpool Camp which was applied to the newest batch of trainees. There was a particularly distasteful brand of marmalade jam named “Pinks” which the “Old hand “ refused to eat. Camp authorities got rid of the stuff by feeding it to the noobs.
Puttees: are a type of leggings wound onto the lower legs like a bandage. These were replaced by socks by WWII
Cobber: means friend but is rarely used today.
CTA Club: is The Commercial Traveller’s Association Club. The building stands at 318 Flinders Street, Melbourne.
Southards: is unknown and probably is of Northern England origin.
Gyppos: is a shortening of “Egyptians”.This was often used as a term of derision and after the war it was applied to a person who cheated, conned or stole. This can be confused with the racist verb form, to be “gypped” which means “to be cheated” even to this day and is derived from “Gypsy”. Either way, both are bad words nowadays, folks!
Piastre: is the local Egyptian currency
Bonzer: means good.
Sigs: means signallers.
Pozzy: means position. In trench warfare, a pozzy was often cut into the wall of a trench or formed by rigging metal or someother weather proofing over a trench or sap.