"Jesse" coz of my surname........Jesse James.....
"Windy" surname of Miller
"Swampy" surname of Marsh/ or prone to personal accidents whilst drunk!
"Cozy" surname of Powell
"Shady" surname of Lane
"Lofty" coz they're short/ surname of Tall or Short
"stumpy" coz they're tall ----//-------//-------//---
"smudge" surname of Smith
All the regional ones - Taffy, Geordie, Paddy, Jock etc
was he a Jock?I used to know an MA Ian Kerr at Haslar in the 80's.
Pincher or Nipper Martin came from the small boys that used to "nip" or "pinch" the capstan rope around the anchor warps on the old wooden warships a la Victory.Its also where the use of "nipper", indicating a small lad comes from.
Looking at the RN nicknames section, I see mine is officially Streaky. When I got my loan draft to the Beachampton, however, in between Pt2 & Pt3 training, I was adopted by a one star Killick Pinky who told me to find a nickname acceptable to me, and to introduce myself as that when I joined my first proper ship. So Streaky it was.
One of my drafts was to a torpedo trials unit, and the Chief TI decided Streaky was too conformist, and so I was christened Rasher. When I left, I was quite glad to get my name back, but when I wangled my way back to TTU, the name came Rasher came back.