Arnold Ridley Private Godfrey BBC Dads Army Signed letter Ultra Rare UACC
Arnold Ridley Private Godfrey BBC Dads Army Signed letter Ultra Rare UACC :
Devon Autographs - UACC Registered Dealer #RD336 Arnold Ridley (Private Godfrey) Dads Army Signed letter Ultra Rare - UACC A wonderful find. A scarce signed letter, hand written and personally signed by the TV legend himself, Arnold Ridley. Dated: September 11th 1973. The only fully hand written letter we have seen for Arnold Ridley. The letter has been matted with a Dads Army photo from the legendary TV series. Arnold Ridley, OBE (7 January 1896 – 12 March 1984) was an English playwright and actor, earlier in his career known for writing the play The Ghost Train and later in life for portraying the elderly Private Godfrey in the British sitcom Dad's Army (1968–1977). Ridley was a student teacher, and had made his theatrical debut in Prunella at the Theatre Royal, Bristol, when he volunteered for service with the British Army on the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, however he was initially medically rejected due to a hammer toe. In 1915 he enlisted as Private No.20481 with the Somerset Light Infantry Regiment. He saw active service in the war, sustaining several wounds in close-quarter battle in the trenches. His left hand was left virtually useless by wounds sustained on the Somme; his legs were riddled with shrapnel; he received a bayonet wound in the groin; and the legacy of a blow to the head from a German soldier's rifle butt left him prone to blackouts after the war. He was medically discharged from the army with the rank of Lance Corporal in 1916. Ridley rejoined the British Army in 1939 following the outbreak of the Second World War. He was commissioned into the General List on 7 October 1939 as a second lieutenant and was given the service number 103663. He served with the British Expeditionary Force in France during the "Phoney War", employed as a "Conducting Officer" tasked with supervising journalists who were visiting the front line. In May 1940, Ridley returned to Britain on the grossly overcrowded destroyer HMS Vimera, which was the last British ship to escape from the harbour during the Battle of Boulogne.Shortly afterwards, he was discharged from the British Armed Forces on health grounds. He relinquished his commission as a captain on 1 June 1940. He subsequently joined the Home Guard in his home town of Caterham. Signed by: Arnold Ridley - OBE (7 January 1896 – 12 March 1984) Provenance: We are Devon Autograph (UACC Registered Dealer #RD336) Comes with our own Certificate of Authenticity and Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee.Specialists in TV / Movie memorabilia. Please use the "Buy It Now" button so not to avoid disappointment. Thank you for looking.