Major Dougie Shepherd has submitted a list of regimental nicknames which he used and heard during his time in the Seaforth and
Queens Own Highlanders, 1956-1993. It is by no means a definitive list and in fact refers mainly to Officers and SNCOs.
There are many other much more colourful “Jock” nicknames. Here is a start for the “Jocks” and JNCOs:
I have been reminiscing (again) on the subject of Regimental nicknames. My latest recollections are shown below.
They are listed under the headings, Seaforth, Cameron, Queens Own Highlander or of Joint “parentage”.
Where you see (2) after a names it indicates that there are 2 possible answers. A few officers are included in the list.
Shake (2) – one is very difficult Barney Rubble
Daddy (Gibraltar vintage) Plum
Moose (ditto) Badger (2)
The Engine Driver (1956) Johnny fae Perth
Sadie (very difficult – think 1960ish) Fairy
Cameron Pluto (2)
Smokey Jimmy the Jockey
Joint Parentage –
Big Dan Snaggle Puss
Buffer The Laird of Pulau Tekong
Atomic The Tank
Sticky (2) Fat Rab
Pedro Errol (2)
Daphne The Blade
Miscellaneous – Not QOHldrs
Ollie (1960/61 – What a star)
Jock the Sock (think H K)
You may have to be 70 plus to recognise not a few of them and may have to “phone a Seaforth or Cameron friend”. How many did you get? 35+ = Excellent, 30-35 = Very Good, less than 30 may be just too young!
Give me a nudge if you wish to identify some of the more obscure, DWS
Puff and Pant Cpl Grant Domestic Pioneers
Magoo The one and only Wattie
Riddell. Anti Tank
Buffer Sanderson. Musician, boxer, Anti- tank, all round rogue and good man.
The Tank Cpl Donlevy. Mortars, QMs, the bravest boxer I ever saw.
Steamy Reid. Piper QMs and nice guy
Sauchie Hall. MT Singapore, brilliant footballer.
Diesel McAllister. Sadly now departed
Goody Goodwin. One of the Glasgow Boys in the Bonny Bee 1975. Not the worst by any matter of means
Penguin Lcpl Sanderson. RPs long ago.
Johny fae Perth Pretswell. Bonny Bee 1975. Not the best soldier in the world. Not the worst. Just a likeable wee man.
Sakai Moore. MT. Can’t remember how he came by this nickname.
Skin Ross. Not sure of the origin. D Coy?
The Pirate Bennet (Pete). A Coy. Maj Cassels’ batman.
Oscar Joe Murray. A Coy Singapore. Keeper of monkeys! He had a magnificent moustache which he along with Tam Fisher, the owner of an equally magnificent moustache shaved off prior to an ID parade one Monday morning in Singapore. And they got away with it!!!
Clachar Todd. QMs. The story goes that despite receiving a travel warrant on enlistment, he walked from Granton-on-Spey to the Depot.
Rab The Rat Wee Rab Henderson. Chunkies. Good wee Sodger.
The Knife Lcpl MacMillan. MI Room.
Sporko Sellars. Singapore. Famous for ? Put it this way he had to wear extra long PT pants.
Korean Ant Stewart 74.
OTHERS WHICH HAVE BEEN SENT IN BY QO HLDRS
Johnny ( the fly) Meechan
Maurice (Monkey) Stirling
Kelvin (Yonk) Hunter
John (Tito) Shewan
Norman (wee Robbie) Robertson
Joe (schwartz) Munro
Boggy McKinnon Pioneers Berlin
Ghost McLeod B Coy Berlin
Jungle Taylor ? B Coy
Who remembers Sailor (McAdie) at the Depot in 61, always sat in the NAAFI with two pints.
Uggy (McGair) He's still out there in Fife.
Batco - Piper Stewart from Gairloch 88-94
Skid or Ollie - PM Mike Gray
Zonk - D Coy 90's
Shiffty - PM Calum Mackenzie
Donga - PM DJ MacIntyre
Mothball - Piper Neil Matheson late 80's
Loppy........... Piper Lawrie P&D's
Podgie......... L/cpl Fraser (16) 'B' Company
Dodo............Pte MacKenzie 'B'Company
Pigs in Space - Cpl Dougie Fraser 06
Pedro Offrs Mess /HQ Coy CSM (Sharjah)
Officer nicknames which come to mind are as follows:
Big Dan Lt Col MacHardy
Hoppy Maj Gen Hopkinson
Safety Razor Lt Col Fraser
String Vest Lt Col Nason
Nails Lt Gen Lamb. Very up to date this one.
Pete the Jeep Maj Gen Grant Peterkin
Rubble Lt Lewis
Jimmy the Jockey Lt Col Murray
The Ghost His father.
Nut and Bolt Maj Holt
Snake Maj Lorimer
Jerogie Gen Mackenzie
Happy Kappy Capt Kaplowitch
Mucky Maj MMC
Grimbo Maj Grimes
Abdul Maj MacNair
Jig a Boo Maj Houston
Noddie Capt Harmsworth
Betty Boot Maj Martin
Timber Maj Wood
Kit Lt Col Carson
Chalky Lt Col White
Circles Lt Col Cumming
Bugs Maj MacLaren
he Bull Maj MacLagan
Daddy Lt Col Thoms
Trog Maj Anderson
Chips Maj Crowe. Uttered very quietly and only in the confines of the Officers’ Mess by the braver of the subalterns. (Got it – Mike Crow = Micro = Microchips = Chips)
Additionally some officers were so prominent (even loved) that they were known only by their initials:
ID Lt Col Cameron
DR Brig Maclennan
WW Lt Col Cheyne. Also known as Whisky Whisky.
Senior NCO nicknames which come to mind:
Fireside Fender CSM Pender
Peter the Heater CSM Finlayson
Wee Man CSgt Topping (Alan)
The King Sgt Urquhart
Betty CSgt Bethune
The Ped CSgt Peddie
Punchy CSM MacDonald
Biff CSgt Vance
Turtle Sgt Love
Big Sneck Sgt Munro (there were 2 of them, 1xRPs 1xSigs Pl)
Daphne Sgt Kyle
Badger Sgt MacDonald 21
Uncle Bob CSgtMalloch
Ma Baw/Bush/Boat CSM Balloch
Pills Sgt Watson (A Coy MT)
Hawaian Eye WO2 Neil
Chiefy WO2 Reid
Schimph CSM Mackenzie. He’s still schimphing
Slink CSgt Ord (The elder)
VC Sgt Rogers
Plum Sgt Logan
Famto CSgt Mackenzie
The Baddy RSM Mahady. Scared of nobody.
Dykes RSM Duffus. Also scared of nobody.
And now for some real ancients:
Jake the Blade Sgt Lewis
Stoneface Sgt McLean (Osnabruck 61)
Speak CSM MacDonald (Singapore)
Tin Lid CSM Kidd (Osnabruck 62)
Twinkletoes CSM Graham (Singapore)
Peas and Barley Lt Col Millar
Faith Hope and Charity Sgt Garrity (Singapore)
Striker Maj Cosgrove
Nod Sgt Hunter
Sneaky CSM Snell
Pedro CSM MacDonald
The Bone CSM MacAllister. One of the very best.
Casey CSM Cobban. Smartest on parade by far
Rice Brains CSM R B Wilson
Sweaty Feet CSM Peat
Kenny the Cough Sgt McKinnon
The Bombay Busdriver CSgt McKergo (MT)
Some more nicknames from memory, took about five minutes, amazing what comes out after a prompt. All from the 1960's, Singapore, Berlin, Osnabruck.
Mutton Jeff Smith Recce
Abcess/Septic Jimmy Boyle D Coy
Matted Mike Mike Stewart Capt Recce Pl
Biscuits Arbuthnot Rifle Coy
Blankets and Bedding David Sneddon Mil Band
Big Jim Cassels Capt
Raggy Adams A Coy
Shep D Shepherd A coy
Ramrod Jake Lewis A Coy
Morbid Montgomery Int Section
Zombie Alec Mackay Anti Tank Pl
Boot David Chalmers Recce
Dynamite Sandy Macmullin Recce
Big Bopper Bert Munro Recce
Smiler Albert Smith MMG/Recce
The Hawk Rory Haugh Capt Anti Tank Pl
Red (Robin) Robin Hunt Capt
Bullets Dusty Miller Ammo Stores
Flip Ian Kerr MMG/Recce
Pluto Munro D Coy
Faither Fotheringham A Coy
Errol Cpl Flynn MMG/Recce
That's all for now, may dredge up some more later. Did not put a lot of detail, those who knew them will know.
Nickname 'Hey You'.
After an absence of far too many years, I found Dougie Shepherd's list of nicknames both amusing and nostalgic. In a year when I've only recently got back in touch (only to find that old friends and such legendary figures as Jocky and Dykes have left us), it was good to see that our blue mafia sense of humour lives on. I remember Jocky once saying to me, left hand on hip and the index finger of his right hand almost jabbing my eye out, "Listen Chuckie, we all love misery - and there's so much of it around!"
Nice to see that most eccentric of all eccentric officers, our Jebel-storming Major: "Bugs" McLaren , in the list. The "Korean Ant" and JFP was there and I see even Pete "The Pirate" made it (eat your heart out Gary Glitter).
However, there were a few nicknames missing that I would have expected to see: that elusive Glaswegian "Cody" O'Neill for one. Also, the policer of Regimental Policemen and "Sneckie" Munro's right-hand man: Corporal "The Black" Christie, "Big Uggie" (MT Section), "Paddy" McGovern (you haven't seen a double-act 'til you've seen him and Schimpf Mackenzie together), "The Welt" (Bonnie B - can't remember his name but I do remember Colin Keil (then RSM) asking him if the appendage poking out beneath his shorts was on the Ration Books - (this was Tony Curran the Clerk (ED)), CSM Ronnie "Sinky" Sinclair (who when admonishing an idle soldier on the drill square, threatened to chain him to "Clacher" Todd for a week) and I can think of at least three "Suds" Sutherland.
Of course, there are many more. Under Dougie's list of officers who were known by their initials (as he says, they were so prominent, even loved) we mustn't forget DNA - Lt Col Blair.
"Chuckie" (why did they start calling me Mick after I went into the Sergeant's Mess?) Bird
Here's a few, Lt Stewart -Matted Mike (went to SAS)
Lt GB Murray- Pibroch ( walked around playing a chanter)
Sgt MacDonald -Speedie -Mortars
Cpl Warr (HQ) -Atomic -Dining room Nco
Cpl MacKenzie -The Grey Wolf. Mortars
And last but not least myself
LCpl Alistair MacPherson -Aerial (due my uncanny ability to get through on the wireless when all else failed. 3inch Mortars SPT Coy and 16 Pln D Coy.1958- 1964. SEAFORTH& QOHLDRS.
Bucket Lip Wille Kilpatrick Signal Platoon
Dino John McPhee Signal Platoon
Danny Piddle Danny Petrie Signal Platoon
rgds Rab Torbet
Hi my name is Tom Brown (Hovis 06) How about these Guys, who had Nicknames, Ghost Macdonald, B/coy, and HQ. Pop Mckenzie 79, A/coy Jake two knives Mike Jacobs A/coy.1 platoon. Percy John Conlin A/coy 1/platoon .And how about me the one and only Hovis 06 A/coy.1/ platoon. and Winky A/coy 1/ platoon. and cpl. Mac the knife.A/coy 1/platoon
|How about Zebo - Brown 77 QM's|
"Soda" Macdonald 49 MT 1960/66 3Ton
"Geordak" J McCarthy MT 3Ton
DINGUS , after the film Dirty Dingus MaGee ??
Here's a few for you Dave from the 70's
Chay the Crabbag ( Charlie Harvey ) 7 pl B coy... His mum did ask where he got the name from.
Clive Dunn (Maclean 83 ) 7pl B coy Everybody's Granddad
Doris ( Mulcahy ) 7 pl B coy Everybody's sweetheart
Big Senga ( Eddie Maley) 7pl B coy Company Bike
Loads more but will leave it for now
All the Best Pete Wason
My dad Alexander Thompson was "Spud50". He served in the signal platoon!
The following are some of the nicknames that I remember from my time in the regiment (Signals Pl), Some I cant remember the real names but maybe yourself or someone will remember them. Good idea of Dougie Shepherd, brings back fond memories of the regiment.
The Geek - Kenny Macgregor
Steps - Arthur stephens
Black John/Dino - John Mcphee
Spud/50 - Alex Thompson
Peem - Iain Thompson
Dela - David Wares, killed at Warrenpoint
Wee Willie Winkie
Bonny - Graham Bonnyman
Pagey - Wilson Paige
Craibie - Barry Craib
Frugal - Danny Morgan
Taxi - Pte Hire
Puss - Albert Duffus
Jed - Ian Geddes
Wee Eck Muir
SI - Simon Mackenzie
Slinky - Sammy Ord
Baffers - Baff , MT
Big Dunky Forbes
Sent in by peem (Iain Thompson)
|And if course not forgetting Dougie Shepherd himself who was known as COMPRIFI when running the PRI in the Falklands.|
From Ronnie Baybut
Good auld Geordie (the Claw) Anderson on taking over as UFO Could never say our names so he called us Chopsticks (LCpl Chlupuk) and Matchsticks (Sgt Brian Mat????? )even then I could never spell it
Gilly Gilly Man, X Seaforth, Q.O.Hldres, 1955 to 1977 Drummer ,"D" Coy ,MT,Ant/Pl, Alister Mac Gillivray.
Slaps, Pipes & Drums 1St Queens own Cameron Hldrs , Q,O,Hldrs, 1959 & 1965, Frances Mc Lennion.
Here is some more,
Homer. Ian Homes 1/Platoon. A/coy.
A good wee Glasgow Lad
Pedro. Peter Macmurdo 1/Platoon. A/coy.
Nobby. Clark 1/Platoon. A/coy.
Pluto . Lt. D. Monro 1/Platoon. A/coy.
( He was a very good officer.)
The Cpl.who was nicknamed Mac the Knife was Ray Callahan, he was a good Pal and we liked a wee drink together, sorry he is not with us any more God Bless him.
Hooky . James Walker. B/coy.
Mention In Despaches
Chick -Mac I think he was in D/coy ?. or B/coy?.
another good chapy.
more to come hovis 06.
Zebo - Brown 77 QMs
"Fletch" Fletcher x Cameron M. T.
"Chas" Morison x Seaforth M. T.
"Sam" Bassett x Seaforth M. T.
"Jonah" Lcpl Jones x Seaforth M. T.
Dixe Deans . 2 /platoon. A/Coy.
He went to H.Q./Coy
Wee Smudger . James Smith 1/platoon . A/coy.
He could cause a row and a fight in a empty
Wee pipes Wattson. 1/platoon. A/Coy.
He loved to watch and listen to the Battalion Pipe
Band. he was a good wee Lad, and any one who
knew him, Iam sorry to tell you he is not with us
By for now hovis 06.
Myself Puss Duffus
Not to be forgotten T LA B alias Tam Brockie,when visiting him in hospital he was dying from cancer,I would ask him how he was,terrible was his answer,put me in that wheelchair we'll go for a fag or two and I'll tell you all about it.Sadly missed.Eck Muir (47)