Soldier's slang glossary
A list of slang terms used in Bert's letter to help you understand what he means.
Abdul name for a Turkish soldier Anzac soup shell-hole polluted by a corpse auntie a Turkish broomstick bomb Aussy Australia; an Australian soldier; a wound bad enough to get a soldier back to Australia axle grease butter babbling brook an army cook base wallah someone employed behind the front line Beachy Bill a Turkish artillery piece which shelled the beach at Anzac brass hats senior officers Bully (beef) salted canned beef Bumbrusher an officer's servant chat-bags underclothes coffin nail cigarette cricket ball a Turkish grenade made of iron, the size and shape of a cricket ball, with a burning fuse. If possible, catch and throw back. (Compare this with a jam tin bomb.) dial face furphy a rumour peninsh peninsula (Gallipoli) short arm inspection medical examination of the penis to check for conditions such as STDs stoush fight swing the banjo shovel dirt tourist Australian soldiers (1st Division), often known as "six bob a day tourists" winze an underground connection between two trenches