Clive Dunn is dead

by Harry on November 8, 2012

Clive Dunn is dead. The BBC obit is here. The only man to serve 4 years in a prisoner of war camp but 10 in the Home Guard.
Update: I told my 11 year old girl, after posting this, that Corporal Jones was dead. She was horrified — these guys are as live for her as Katy Perry is, and without the suspicion she has the Katy Perry is a fictional character. I assured her he was very old and lived well to the end, and that he was a lifelong socialist, all of which matter to the midwestern sisters. After looking generally sad she suddenly looked up with a grin said “maybe I should be allowed to listen to Dad’s Army in bed tonight” (usually forbidden on a schoolnight). Sure, I said, and wondered whether, whether, despite my unbelief he is in a position to watch. Because hearing that interaction would remove any doubt he may have had about the worth of his career.This weekend will be All Dad’s Army All Weekend in our house. Just in time for poppy day.



Chris Williams 11.08.12 at 9:41 am

I had a pretty similar reaction from my 10 year old son when we found out last night. Perry and Croft were brilliant writers, but the cast were amazing comic actors, and Dunn stood out even from then. And he was a leftie.


ajay 11.08.12 at 10:43 am

I admit I assumed he must have died years ago….


nick s 11.08.12 at 9:01 pm

He’d been on the “gosh, still alive” list for a while, and had a pretty fine innings in the end, though it’s easy to forget that he was only in his late 40s for Dad’s Army and late 50s for Grandad (the kids’ programme, not the song).

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