Mar 31, 2016
PLM: is the Paris Lyon Mediterrannee Railway;
QM: means Quartermaster;
Backshee: means false;
PH: is a kind of hooded gas mask. I am not sure what “PH” stands for;
Nick: means steal;
Fromelles: refers to the front line sector south of Armentieres. The Battle of Fromelles took place on 19th July, 1916;
Shaking: means stealing;
‘Whizz-Bangs’: are a high explosive shell which has a curious sound caused by the fast moving shell outpacing the sound of the gun being fired.
‘Babblers’ or ‘Babbling Brooks’: is rhyming slang meaning a cook. Babbling Brook is often just shortened to Babbler.
‘Hun’, ‘Fritz’, ‘Jerry’ and ‘Heiny’: are names applied to the German soldiers. Hun and Fritz were most often used by the Australians. Jerry was used by the tommys and Heiny by the Canadians.
Annette Kellerman: was a well known Australian diver. The statue of Mary and child on the steeple of the Albert Basilica were damaged by artillery early in the war. The statute was almost toppled and resembled a diver leaping from the diving board.
‘Hows’: is shorted from howitzer.
‘Dixies’: are metal containers used to convey food to the front line trenches.