Harold Donald Secombe, 8 September 1921, Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, d. 11 April 2001, Guildford, Surrey, England. Secombes development as an all-round entertainer began as a product of the post-war fair play policy of Londons West End Windmill Theatre. This ensured that men recently, or soon to be, demobbed from the armed forces, were given the chance to prove themselves to an audience and get noticed by agents. Secombe worked at the theatre before becoming a regular on the variety circuit in the late 40s. In 1949 he teamed up with Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Michael Bentine to form the highly influential British radio comedy team, the Goons, taking on characters created by Spike Milligan, such as the popular Neddy Seagoon. With his large build, gentle humour and resonant Welsh baritone, which he put to good effect on light operatic arias as well as popular tunes, Secombe became a regular fixture at the London Palladium, including...