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Dad's Army actor celebrates MBE
Bill Pertwee
Bill Pertwee first played the grumpy Dad's Army warden in 1968
Bill Pertwee, 80, one of the stars of the classic BBC TV sitcom Dad's Army, has described being made an MBE for charitable services a "great honour".

The actor, who lives in West Horsley, Surrey, is best known for playing the air-raid warden, William Hodges, and the catchphrase "put that light out".

He said the honour had left him "rather surprised" but added he might celebrate by having a beer with his son.

Pertwee, who helps children's hospices, is a veteran of three Carry On films.

"It's a great honour. My dear wife [actress Marion McLeod] was so ill for so many years and she passed away in 2005," he said.

"She would have been so thrilled to bits, so perhaps it's for us both."

Seaside entertainment

The actor first played the grumpy Dad's Army warden in 1968.

The show went on to earn a Bafta for best comedy in 1971 and inspired a film - also starring Pertwee - in the same year.

The actor published his autobiography, A Funny Way to Make a Living, last year, and has also written books on the making of Dad's Army, and 100 years of seaside entertainment.

He is the cousin of former Doctor Who actor Jon Pertwee.

Surrey full honours list:

Knights Bachelor

  • John William Baker, CBE, chair of the Senior Salaries Review Body and Public Services Remuneration Committee, for public service, Woking
  • Arthur James Rose, CBE, education consultant and chair, Review of Teaching of Early Reading, for services to education, Haslemere

Companion of the Order of the Bath

  • Stephen William Jones, formerly acting chief finance officer, HM Revenue and Customs, Woking


  • Barry Andrews, chair of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, for services to pharmacy, West Horsley
  • Professor David Armstrong, professor of Sociology and Medicine at King's College London School of Medicine, for services to medical research, Guildford
  • John Patrick Cheffins, chief operating officer, Rolls-Royce, for services to industry, Woking
  • Richard Scott Foster, formerly chief executive, Crown Prosecution Service, Weybridge
  • Winifred Anne Charlotte (Lady Normington) Harris, director, Joint International Unit, Department for Work and Pensions, Woldingham
  • Carol Nicholls, head teacher, Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls, Croydon, south London, for services to education, Tadworth
  • Professor Eric Edwin Sampson, formerly head, Transport Technology and Standards Division, Department for Transport, Woking


  • Alan James Brown, QPM, formerly assistant commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service, for services to the police, Esher
  • Audrey Damazer, justices' clerk, Ministry of Justice, Leatherhead
  • David John Elliot, principal methodologist, Survey Methods Division, Office for National Statistics, Godalming
  • Jennifer Gray, professional adviser, Children's Safeguards Policy Unit, Child Protection Division, Department for Education and Skills, Esher
  • Euan Joseph George Harkness, chair, Gilt Edged Market Makers Association, for services to the financial services industry, Woking
  • Dr Mary Harris, director, National Grid's Young Offender Programme, for services to disadvantaged young people, East Horsley
  • John Kay, head, Finance Intelligence, HM Revenue and Customs, Woking
  • Raymond Nigel Morgan, chief executive, Woking Borough Council, for services to local government, Woking
  • John Brown Taylorson, formerly corporate director, DebRA, for services to people with epidermolysis bullosa, East Horsley
  • Dr Malcolm Wakerley, technical support and research manager, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Epsom


  • Alison Jane Theresa Cox, founder and chief executive, Cardiac Risk in the Young, for services to health care, Epsom Downs
  • Bernard Stanley Crimp, water supply works superintendent, Sutton and East Surrey Water, for services to the water industry, Redhill
  • Neville Hinks, for services to local government and to the community in Woking, Woking
  • Martin Philip Wilton Lee, for services to the community in Sheffield, south Yorkshire, Godalming
  • Ruth Dorothy Nye, senior professor of piano, Yehudi Menuhin School and professor of piano, Royal Academy and Royal College of Music, for services to music education, Guildford
  • Martin Richard Oakley, shift manager, House of Commons, Oxted
  • William Desmond Pertwee, actor and writer, for charitable services, West Horsley
  • Timothy Leo Oliver Poole, deputy head teacher, Sunbury Manor School, Middlesex, for services to education, Cobham
  • Peter Arthur Redway, for services to Inland Waterways in Hampshire and Surrey, Woking
  • Bryan William Lester Smith, gardener and caretaker, Brookwood Military Cemetery, for public service, Camberley


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