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Derivation of nick-name

#5
Wow. Thanks folks.

That was as quick as, erm, a military flare going off!

I think I like the_boy_syrup's best - but will probably stick with William Schermuly
(wasn't he a good friend of Si(mon) Lume?).
 
#8
smallheathen said:
And shrapnel was named after a bloke called .........errr......Shrapnel.

What if he'd been called Winterbottom???
Funny how things turn out, what if Mr George Bullet had been called Mr George Horse-Cock.
 
#10
CQMS said:
smallheathen said:
And shrapnel was named after a bloke called .........errr......Shrapnel.

What if he'd been called Winterbottom???
Funny how things turn out, what if Mr George Bullet had been called Mr George Horse-Cock.
"The horse-cock with your name on it."

Has rather a ring to it doesn't it? :D

I always liked Thomas Crapper for a name. He didn't invent them, but he did make toilets.
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
#11
Don't forget Col Peter Nissen - Hut of the R.E.
He invented the Wriggly Tin Barracks as it became famously known during WW1

Earned himself £13,000 and a DSO for it to

Edited to add £13,000 IN 1916 = £559,780.00

Kerrching
 
#15
CQMS said:
smallheathen said:
And shrapnel was named after a bloke called .........errr......Shrapnel.

What if he'd been called Winterbottom???
Funny how things turn out, what if Mr George Bullet had been called Mr George Horse-Cock.
It would've been shortened to "HC". Just as it would've if he'd been called Hillary James Trevington-Ibery-Trent.

"This weapon fires a TIT of 7.62 calibre."

MsG
 
#18
auscam said:
BarkingSpider said:
firestarter said:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Shrapnel
I've got a timing cone from one of those buggers on my desk here.
Found it.
tick tick tick BOOM!
Nooooo, it's clean! And not that kind of timer. :D
There were just some traces of black powder in the galleries when I found it (on a wreck), which I cleaned out with a stiff wire brush by the light of a naked flame. :eek:
The wreck (SS Volnay) was carrying hundreds of boxes of these little beauties when she sank in a gale. Loads of small lead shrapnel balls all over the seabed too, which is how you find the buried boxes...
I couldn't find the main shell case that went with it, now that would have been full of 'spaghetti' cordite. Still, wire brush and a naked flame for that too...

What?

lsquared said:
The old saying: 'Come on now, bite the horsecock'. Not forgetting the pride of Japanese railways 'The HorseCock Train'.
Wasn't that gay icon Steve McQueen in a film called 'Horsecockk'? Great car chase.
 

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