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Lieutenant Philip St John Basil Rathbone aka Sherlock Holmes


[This short profile of the stage, film and later TV actor Basil Rathbone first appeared in a piece by Mark Bristow as 'Seven British actors who served during the Great War'. It appeared in Firestep Vol.7. No.1 The Western Front Association London Branch magazine, all volumes of which are available for access by members using their member login]. W…

Victor McLaglen : prize fighter, Middlesex Regiment, Oscar winning actor of the silent era and talkies


The life story of Victor McLaglen reads like a film script. Victor was born on 11 December 1883 in the genteel English town of Tunbridge Wells, the son of the Right Reverend Andrew McLaglen, a Protestant clergyman and former Bishop of Claremont in South Africa. The oldest of eight brothers, he likely developed a certain streak of toughness, a po…

Swanky Syd and the Bunny Girl


Last summer [2021] a friend gave me a copy of Bombshell: The Night Bobby Kennedy Killed Marilyn Monroe (London: Ad Lib Publishers, 2021). This is not a book I would have bought myself, but I make it a point of honour to read anything gifted to me.  I’m glad I did.  I have no idea whether Bobby Kennedy killed Marilyn. The case is based on hearsay…