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British Celebrities In The British Military, Post Them As You See Them.


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Thought that this may be the start of a popular topic, British Celebrities who served he British Military, in War and Peace, a complementary one to the two or three of American celebrities up over on USMF.

 

So post them if you like here, from any time period.

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My first contribution.

 

Was watching Fawlty Towers tonight on DVD, and was watching one episode HOTEL INSPECTORS, the main guest star, is one Bernard Cribbins, a well know actor across the pond, I'm familiar with him as being in the 1967 Comedy CASINO ROYALE. Any way Cribbins it turned out was a Para in the Post War Army, volunteered for The Paras when he was drafted, served a tour in Palestine during The Troubles there.

 

He has a page on the British Site PARA DATA.

 

https://www.paradata.org.uk/people/bernard-cribbins

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3 hours ago, patches said:

My first contribution.

 

Was watching Fawlty Towers tonight on DVD, and was watching one episode HOTEL INSPECTORS, the main guest star, is one Bernard Cribbins, a well know actor across the pond, I'm familiar with him as being in the 1967 Comedy CASINO ROYALE. Any way Cribbins it turned out was a Para in the Post War Army, volunteered for The Paras when he was drafted, served a tour in Palestine during The Troubles there.

 

He has a page on the British Site PARA DATA.

 

https://www.paradata.org.uk/people/bernard-cribbins

Cribbins in that  Fawlty Towers episode. Cribbins is still with us at 92, just says his back hurts sometimes is all 515292913_emoticonsmile.png.ae4f5f869132d21f619bd6c9b69327b8.png

 

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What a great thread to start here! I love this idea. :)

 

For starters, here's Donald Crisp -- that amazing character actor of the Golden Hollywood era. Born in London, he saw action with the 10th Hussars of the British Army at Kimberley and Ladysmith during the Boer War. He emigrated to the USA in 1906, joining a Grand Opera company for four years before becoming stage manager for George M. Cohan. By 1915, he was part of D.W. Griffith's original stock company -- portraying General U.S. Grant in "The Birth of a Nation". During WWI, he returned to England and served in Intelligence. After that, he went back to the USA and continued to act. During WWII, he served with the US Armed Forces Reserves, rising to the rank of Colonel.

 

He's quite memorable in "National Velvet"!

 

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Michael Gwynn

 

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Michael Gwynn actor, was in that 1960 Horror Classic, Village of the Damned, Gwynn a infantry officer fought in East Africa unit unknown, and later Burma with the 2nd (Nyasaland) Battalion King's African Rifles of 11th (East Africa) Division. Like most if not all,  Gwynn probably started his career as an officer in a British Regiment, and then was seconded to these units. Just like many American Celebrities when posted, we can not find a service photo of him

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3 hours ago, patches said:

Michael Gwynn

 

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Michael Gwynn actor, was in that 1960 Horror Classic, Village of the Damned, Gwynn a infantry officer fought in East Africa unit unknown, and later Burma with the 2nd (Nyasaland) Battalion King's African Rifles of 11th (East Africa) Division. Like most if not all,  Gwynn probably started his career as an officer in a British Regiment, and then was seconded to these units. Just like many American Celebrities when posted, we can not find a service photo of him

Here he is in a Fawlty Tower episode, the first episode as the Con Man Lord Melbury LOL.

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Going for my rather obscure British actors. here's one Donald Gray.

 

Were most familiar with him in his role in the 1939 Classic The Four Feathers, where he plays one of the officers in it, Lt Peter Burroughs.

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