Throughout my life, I have been intrigued by the number of highly respected and influential people, particularly broadcasters and actors, who served with distinction in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Sir Ludovic Kennedy was a shining example but the list also includes Sir Peter Scott (son of Scott of the Antarctic), Richard Baker OBE, Lord Olivier, Sir Ralph Richardson, Sir Alec Guinness, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, Harry H. Corbett, the Duke of Edinburgh, Sir William Golding, Sir Donald Gosling and Sir John Harvey-Jones.
Their numbers are dwindling fast and we are all the poorer for it. RIP Sir Ludovic.
Before we all get hung, drawn and quartered for straying off topic, Jon Pertwee (Troughton's successor as Dr. Who) was another WWII Royal Naval Officer:
"....spending some time working in naval intelligence during the Second World War. He was a crew member of HMS Hood and was transferred off the ship shortly before she was sunk, losing all but three men.
It was during his time in the Navy that Jon woke up one morning after a drunken night out while in port to find a tattoo on his right arm, which was occasionally seen during his time in Doctor Who."
The late Captain James Pertwee was Jon P's cousin but one discovered that "What does it matter what you do as long as you tear 'em up" did not play well in the cuddy. (Youngsters note that was a Jon P catch phrase from steam radio).