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Thespians in the Liverpool Scottish


JeffJames
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Famous actors Basil Rathbone MC, Herbert Marshall, Ronald Colman and Claude Rains from Camberwell. All served in the regiment. Basil Rathbone said he won his MC by becoming a tree - his first acting role!. Of course, his daring gained valuable intelligence. Apparently, all done in daylight. Can any other regiment claim such distinguished actors?

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I think you'll find that Ronald Colman, Herbert Marshall and Claud Rains served with the London Scottish, rather than the Liverpool Scottish.

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I think you'll find that Ronald Colman, Herbert Marshall and Claud Rains served with the London Scottish, rather than the Liverpool Scottish.

Why aren't you claiming Rathbone?

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Well, I know Rathbone won his MC as Scout Officer of the Liverpool Jocks.

I know Colman was wounded at Messines with the London Jocks. The others I got from Google :w00t:

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Yes, but he was called up as a Private in the London Scottish, where he presumably picked up his acting skills, before being commissioned into the Liverpool Scottish.

I know this to be an incontrovertible fact, because I researched it thoroughly on Wikipedia for a number of seconds.

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There we are then. We rest our case. Or cases.

Mind, there is a great affection between the London and Liverpool Jocks. Mostly caused by the fact, I suspect, that in "my" day (1/51 Highland) the real Jocks in the Black Watch and A&SH Companies looked down on the London Jocks as effete southern wooftahs, with the Liverpool Jocks as a form of half-way-house between effete southern wooftahs and "real sodjers".

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the real Jocks in the Black Watch and A&SH Companies looked down on the London Jocks as effete southern wooftahs

Well you would insist on making your own kilts

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As far as I am aware in addition to Basil Rathbone, James Dale ( who later played Dr.Jim Dale in Mrs Dales Diary on the radio ) was the only other professional thespian in the Liverpool Scottish.

P.B.

I did know someone in Liverpool many years ago who claimed to have Basil Rathbones sporran in his collection before it was stolen!!.

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