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Bill Pertwee
Born 21st July 1926
Died 27th May 2013 (aged 86)
First appearance The Man and the Hour (television),
The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage (radio)
Last appearance Never Too Old (television),
The Two and a Half Feathers (radio)
Series 1 - 9 (television), 1 - 3 (radio)
Episode count 63 (television), 33 (radio)

Bill Pertwee M.B.E. (21st July 1926 – 27th May 2013) was best known for playing Chief Warden Hodges in the popular British sitcom Dad's Army from 1968 until 1977. He was also the founder and president of the Dad's Army Society.


Early life and career[]

Bill Pertwee was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. He did have much to do with WWII in his younger days; In 1945, he joined the ATC two weeks before the war ended and then ended up getting of it two weeks afterwards.

Dad's Army[]

ARP Hodges

Bill Pertwee as Chief Warden Hodges

Bill Pertwee got the part of the warden just by chance as he never regarded himself as an actor. David Croft merely thought Bill would be good for the role as he had used him before as an extra in Hugh and I where he is seen pushing Terry Scott about and shouting "Oi, get out of it!"

Final years and death[]

Pertwee died in Truro, Cornwall, May 27th, 2013 at the age of 86.