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Thread #104874   Message #2152772
Posted By: Geordie-Peorgie
19-Sep-07 - 01:52 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Drunken Sailor (Cyril Tawney)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The drunken sailor (C. Tawney)
Aahhhh!! Gaiters wez them bits of canvas wi' straps what went aroond the ankles te keep the troosers from flappin' aboot

In past times the' wez 'puyyees' which were strips of (khaki) cloth which did the same thing but in wartime could be used as bandages an' aall.

If yez watch any parade of the armed forces ye'll see them (normally white for serious parades) in abundance.

The 'Crushers' - naval police - wore them as a matter of course on patrol - hence the 'be-gaitored four' - The crushers never worked in less than two's because one would be the writer and one would be the reader - The' wez never clever enough te dee both!

Their 'arrest caution' was "Anything you say will be taken down in pencil and may be altered later"