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6 comments on this post.
  1. Jane Doheney:

    In We Of The Never Never, first published 1908 and set in the Australuan outback in the Northern Territory the fizzer is the postman, delivering and collecting mail all through the interior

  2. Barry Nottage:

    Cpl Jones in Dads Army uses the term ‘ put em on a fizzer’ when the rest of the platoon refuse to return to parade from pub where they are having a darts match with the ARP wardens.
    I myself remember the term in common use in the RAF during the 90s.

  3. Peter Sinclair:

    The term “fizzer” means to be put on a charge. Obviously, this comes from the time when charges to cannon and grenades had a fuse, which was lit. Hence the term.

  4. Craig pittman:

    George Mcdonald Fraser in The Pyrates refers to”putting someone on the fizzer” for dereliction of duty in British navy. Page 381. Military discipline

  5. Steve Watts:

    Fizzer, means to be put on a charge ?

  6. Gerry Sheldon:

    I can’t help wondering whether “fizzer” might have referenced “physical” activities which of course could applied to marching or any other related exercises designed to strengthen soldiers or improve their stamina. The parade ground would be a major venue for this sort of activity.

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