it is curious to muse that Dad's Army's conscientious objector Private Godfrey was in fact played by a fire-eating WW1 veteran who was wounded several times and recommended for a DCM. He was Arnold Ridley and he was initially recommended with four other Somerset LI men for the MM. Some well-meaning officer noted that L/Cpl Ridley was nominally in charge of the others and had his citation beefed up for a DCM. Of course the honours desk crunched the citations and awarded MMs to the other four but Cpl Ridley got zip. This rankled with him for the rest of his life, according to his son. Even the award of an OBE for services to acting and the theatre didn't cut it. In Richard van Emden's Famous 1914-1918 this is just one of several fascinating titbits about a number of people who survived to become famous. curiously the survivors seemed to be in Transport or signal sections...rather than rifle platoons! As usual his book is well researched but for one error in the account of Ridley's life. Arnold ridley was not a president of Bath RFC, he was THE founding president of Bath Old Sulians RFC. I happen to know this because i am a life member and always look for Ridley's name on the honours board during dinners! PR Totty this is not a book review, it is a point of pedantry!