Origins of Naval Nicknames

calam

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In actual fact their original nick name was "Crabfat" So Crabs got their nickname from the lice ointment (fat) dished out latter part and after WW1, it was the same colour as their blue uniforms.
RoofRat
Their blue uniforms were a frustrated Imperial Russian Guards officers and ORs no longer needed p
“Blue unction” or “blue ointment” is a treatment both for body lice and for pubic lice, used extensively by soldiers in the First World War. It had been used in civilian life for decades before.

A recipe for the ointment from 1824 gives the ingredients as: 24 oz purified quicksilver (i.e. mercury), 23 oz lard, 1 oz suet. Paraffin jelly was often used in later years instead of lard.
ost 1918 kit and taken up by the newly formed RAF
 
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Dredd

War Hero
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Their blue uniforms were a frustrated Imperial Russian Guards officers and ORs no longer needed p
“Blue unction” or “blue ointment” is a treatment both for body lice and for pubic lice, used extensively by soldiers in the First World War. It had been used in civilian life for decades before.

A recipe for the ointment from 1824 gives the ingredients as: 24 oz purified quicksilver (i.e. mercury), 23 oz lard, 1 oz suet. Paraffin jelly was often used in later years instead of lard.
ost 1918 kit and taken up by the newly formed RAF

You missed the bit out about the gun grease, but never mind - sufficiently covers it.
 

Dusty70

War Hero
Still have no idea about the nick name ' Soapy ' Watson , obviously not a sundodger.
A line of Watsons held the old Malton priory and later acquired Bilton Hall near Harrogate in Yorkshire. Joseph Watson started his soap business in Leeds in 1830. This was transformed by his grandson Joseph into the largest soap manufacturer in the north of England. The firm was known as “Soapy Joe’s.” ??
 

Tex

Lantern Swinger
Ticker Ayling

The Ayling family is strong on the ground in British Columbia. The area has enduring links with RN/RCN over the years. (c.1910)
Penticton is a town with a strong Ayling presence and the nickname for Penticton is "Ticker" That's what they call it there.

A tenuous link?
 
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