Ex Army Legends

#1
Was thinking to myself the other day about Dame Kelly Holmes (retiring from athletics etc) and was wondering if we could come up with a comprehensive list of Ex Army folk who left to become famous/legends, perhaps with a bit of a write up....

Anyone want to start the bidding :?:
 
#5
How about contemporaries of the great ex-boys and girls penning a suitably legal fire-proof dit on their erstwhile comrades. For example I was at University and in the same OTC as Will Carling. I say in the same OTC, he turned up once and then was never seen again...too busy with rugby foopball. Yet somehow I managed to play in the same team as him and still fill my spring and summer months with OTC. Of course he probably had to spend quite a lot of time on his remedial reading and writing courses! I always laugh when they describe him as Durham psychology graduate - General Sciences, Honours B that will be...
 

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#7
Tim Rodber - Kept drawing his military salary for quite a while whilst wearing the England
rugby shirt.
 
#9
David Niven; the epitome of 1930's 'officerness'. Wizard japes in the mess, 'I say, the C.O.'s in a frightful wax about something - have you been wearing brown shoes or something old boy?', 'BOY! whisky-soda blancha!', smart moustache and stiff upper lip....
Did the smart thing and stayed out of the Roll of Honour by jacking it in for real in 1935 and going Hollywood. Starred in films whose scenes always included "Wizard japes in the mess, 'I say, the C.O.'s in a frightful wax about something - have you been wearing brown shoes or something old boy?', 'BOY! whisky-soda blancha!', smart moustache and stiff upper lip.

..and of course Jim Bowen's always wheeled out at the passing out parade for Chavs-on-telly-50's-style (super smashing great you've passed out well done give her a kiss eh up my mother in law)
 
#10
Sport
Josh Lewsey Who is currently on a mission to play for England in every back row position
Guy Whittingham (Pompey)
Steve Welsh(P'Boro, Partick)
Phil Stant (Mansfield etc)
Mick Cheetham (Cambridge)

And slightly OT, a fella that I was in trg with was on that Noels House Party thingy where they hide cameras in yer sitting room.
 
#12
the_guru said:
Sport
Josh Lewsey Who is currently on a mission to play for England in every back row position
Guy Whittingham (Pompey)
Steve Welsh(P'Boro, Partick)
Phil Stant (Mansfield etc)
Mick Cheetham (Cambridge)

And slightly OT, a fella that I was in trg with was on that Noels House Party thingy where they hide cameras in yer sitting room.
Was in the same unit as Phil Stant when we was in 6 Fd Force in the 'shot
 
#13
Cuddles said:
How about contemporaries of the great ex-boys and girls penning a suitably legal fire-proof dit on their erstwhile comrades. For example I was at University and in the same OTC as Will Carling. I say in the same OTC, he turned up once and then was never seen again...too busy with rugby foopball. Yet somehow I managed to play in the same team as him and still fill my spring and summer months with OTC. Of course he probably had to spend quite a lot of time on his remedial reading and writing courses! I always laugh when they describe him as Durham psychology graduate - General Sciences, Honours B that will be...
ho ho ho, and of course you were more successful than he was to...oh...maybe not!
 
#14
Leslie Grantham.........ex-Fusilier, actor and shooter of boxhead taxi drivers.

The Krays.............ex-Fusiliers, club owners and tappers of kneecaps...................is there a link here??
 
#15
Paddy Doyle ex 2 para - Officially the worlds fittest man
 
#16
Stabtastic-get it right, David Niven was the archetypal English gent in the movies having served in and left the army. He then returned and served in WW2
 
#17
Bernard Cribbins Ex Womble ex para
 
#18
Nigel Benn ex Fusilier - Former WBO Middleweight and WBC Super-Middleweight Champion
 
#19
There was a very long running thread on this last year somewhere......
 

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