Derivation of nick-name

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by m.mus, Nov 15, 2009.

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  1. Anyone know why flares are called Schmoolies?

    And how should it be spelt?!

  2. Bloke called William Schermuly invented signalling rockets for maritime use.
  3. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Sir Willam Signal - Rocket couldn't think of a name for his new flare device
    So he named it after his bessie mate Sherman Mulligan

    Sher Mully :wink:
  4. 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?).
  5. And shrapnel was named after a bloke called .........errr......Shrapnel.

    What if he'd been called Winterbottom???
  6. Funny how things turn out, what if Mr George Bullet had been called Mr George Horse-Cock.
  7. I've got a timing cone from one of those buggers on my desk here.
    Found it.
  8. "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.
  9. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    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

  10. A mate of mine got hit in the head with a 7.62mm HorseCock from a thousand yards. It was a once in a life time shot!

  11. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Was it a cold winters night in Belfast ?
  12. Nooooo! That mate got it several times in the chest. He bought his second shed before passing out!
  13. 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."