508th Battalion Gor Blimey

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Dan Morton, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    A well-preserved 'Gor Blimey' cap...

    How did the cap get that name?

    I've seen half a dozen explanations on various web pages and read at least one in a memoir. This one is the most complete and its pretty funny also.

    It seems there was a music hall song, popular before the War, about a fireman on the Elder Dempster shipping line.

    One version goes:

    'Me father was a fireman, now what do ye think of that?
    He wears gorblimey trousers and a little gorblimey hat,
    He wears gorblimey stockings and a little gorblimey coat,
    Me father is a fireman on an Elder Dempster boat.'

    ‘Gorblimey’ became the common colloquial term for this unwired, floppy, field-service cap. It's real name was 1915 Winter Forage Trench Wool Cap. It was actually a practical and warm cap for the trenches according to the memoir that mentioned it.

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