Sergeant- Major Carter

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Sergeant- Major Carter

Post by Kit Bartlett » Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:29 am

Has anyone memories of the above named known as the Sagger Magger ? He was easily imitated I recall. Was he employed full time ? He worked from the Armoury and was in general charge of Corps activities. He had a fund of reminiscences and stories about his army days.
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Post by Oliver » Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:33 am

I remember Sagger Magger Carter, whose explosive speech delivery was certainly easily to imitate. I cannot offer any anecdotes or background information (his regiment, etc). I recall he did his full-time job efficiently and also with his wife ran the CH Post Office. His son (Peele A?) could produce an excellent imitation of his father. At CH young Carter did well and left in the mid 50s to become an officer cadet at Cranwell. I presume he graduated, but have no idea where his career path in the RAF led him.

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Post by postwarblue » Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:44 am

I thought it was Sgt Fielder, the Headmaster's gofer and chapel warden, who ran the Post Office?
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Post by eucsgmrc » Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:03 pm

Rumour and legend were that the Sagger's distinctive speech was the result of a war wound. As with so many rumours and legends that were current among us, we had no notion of finding out whether there was any truth in it.
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Re: Sergeant- Major Carter

Post by J.R. » Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:58 pm

Obviously before my time.

Squeaky Cooke was the man in the armoury in my day. A really lovely guy, also with a wealth of stories, especially the first sten-guns, before the lock down cocking bolt.
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Re: Sergeant- Major Carter

Post by Oliver » Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:49 pm

I thought it was Sgt Fielder, the Headmaster's gofer and chapel warden, who ran the Post Office?
On reflection, I think you are correct. Thanks. OU

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Post by michael scuffil » Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:58 pm

Sagger Magger had an assistant, known as Eccles, after a character in the Goon Show.

The name (from Sergeant Major) derives from 1930s Oxford slang. The Prince of Wales for example was the Pragger Wagger.
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Re: Sergeant- Major Carter

Post by postwarblue » Sat Jan 02, 2016 7:39 pm

Another survivor was the large wooden waste paper receptacle in Col B dayroom which was the 'wager pagger'.
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Re: Sergeant- Major Carter

Post by Kit Bartlett » Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:43 am

Another name comes to mind. "The New Statesman and Nation " was known as the Staggers and Naggers".

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Re: Sergeant- Major Carter

Post by LongGone » Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:48 pm

J.R. wrote:Obviously before my time.

Squeaky Cooke was the man in the armoury in my day. A really lovely guy, also with a wealth of stories, especially the first sten-guns, before the lock down cocking bolt.

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