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The famous and infamous who have served in the Army

Thought I would follow on from a previous thread on this board in reference to sports personel who serve or have served as 'Bill Oddies' but on a more general tip.
So here goes then:

Dennis Nielson - Cricklewood Murderer late 70's and 80's - chef ;Army Catering Corps - doing porridge

Oliver Reed (RIP) - actor - Medic; RAMC

Leslie Grantham - Actor (eastenders) - Fusilier (I think)

Any more?............. :idea:


Alan Bates RAF
Sean Connery Royal Navy
Richard Burton Royal Navy
Anthony Quayle Royal Artillery
Sir Dickie Attenborough -RAF Aircrew

George Cole (Arfur Daley) RAF Aircrew

Interesting, has said in some references, that he was too young to have served in WW2. However , on the "Great Escape" website , George Cole is listed as one of the real-life potential escapees from Sagan.

Richard Todd (Guy Gibson etc) Ox and Bucks LI and the Para Rgt.

One of the few actors, in the film , "The longest day" who was there on the day.

Mark Urban - BBC - 2RTR

Dennis Healey - Army Major and Beachmaster at Anzio

Antony Wedgewood Benn - RN Seafire Pilot in the Pacific.
Yes, old anti-war Benn speaks as a veteran who has done his bit.

Ian Smith - Former Prime Minister of Rhodesia - RAF Spitfire Pilot

Rex Hunt - Former Falklands Governor -Ditto

Raymond Baxter -BBC- RAF Spitfire Pilot, and frequent contributor in PPrunes Nostalgia section. Took a pot shot at very very low level at a V2 that was in the process of launching. As he says "It could have been embarrasing if I'd actually hit it"


Oh come on chaps!,

What about a mention for Spike milligan, the man who really won the War... Harry Secombe. Bruce Forsythe, and Bob Monkhouse to name just a few..


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My favourite - Victor McLaglen, hollywood tough guy (The Quiet Man, excellent lengthy brawl with The Duke) was Provost Marshall of Baghgdad in the 'Twenties.
Antony Wedgewood Benn - RN Seafire Pilot in the Pacific.
Yes, old anti-war Benn speaks as a veteran who has done his bit
Which is why although I think he talks bollox he does so from a position of at least having served.

The Most Rev Dr Robert Runcie, former Archbishop of Canterbury - Officer in (I think) Blues & Royals and famous for crashing a tank.
Nutstrangler said:
Are you sure about the Guides? I had the impression that BLiar,
and his chum Mandelbum were a pair of Brownies!

... a line about adult leadership keeps coming to me.... no, lost it.
Brownies? Fudgecakes I think.
I thought david niven was at d-day apprantly rallied his chaps with the line D'ont worry your only have to do this once I'll have to spend hours trying to get my lines right in the movie verson :lol:
According to The Moons a Balloon his autobiography Niven was commissioned into the Highland Light Infantry (his preferences being 1} Argyle and Sutherlands, 2} Black Watch, 3} For Gods sake not the Highland Light Infantry- who says Whitehall has no sense of humour).
He left the HLI but returned to the Rifle Brigade in 1939 going on to the Commandos in a recce squadron and ending up as a Lt Col liason officer between the US and British forces.
Stewart Granger.Tom then got a commission. In the Black Watch I think.

His auto_biography is good for a laugh. First night in the block after basic training

I can understand shit on the floor of the toilet cubicle and even perhaps on the walls; however how on earth do they get shit on the roof?

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