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pomme homme
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« on: February 12, 2017, 11:10:30 AM »

Although born in Richmond, Surrey, the film actor Ronald Colman was educated in Littlehampton, West Sussex, at Hadley Boarding School. Regrettably I can find no online reference to this school - which, I presume, to have closed long since - and thus I do not know where in Littlehampton it was. Colman left the school in 1907, when the death of his father left his family in a parlous financial state. It is suggested that this event was a loss for either the church or engineering and a gain for the stage and screen. Colman took to professional acting (he'd enjoyed amateur acting at Hadley Boarding School) when invalided out of the London Scottish Regiment in 1915 (as a result of injuries sustained at the Battle of Messines in October 1914). Initially appearing on the London stage, a production of The Dauntless Three took him to the USA in 1920. There he made his first screen appearance in 1923. A matinee idol of the silent screen, Colman was one of those whose voice permitted him to make an easy transition to 'talkies'. His career in films in the USA lasted from the twenties to the fifties. He died in California in 1958. 
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2017, 19:53:45 PM »

Pomme home
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Ronald Charles Colman
Born 1891 Kew

He was a shipping clerk prior to enlistment
Enlisted as a Territorial in London Scottish(also just called London Regt)
Regt nos 2328, then 2148(with 14th Batt)
At London 5.8.1914 to 15.9.1914
At France 16.9.1914 to 1.11.1914
At home 2.11.1914 to 6.5.1915(from 6.11.1914 to 10.11.1914 at St Bart’s Hospital with sprained ankle).
On 6.5.1915 he was “no longer fit for war service”—see attached

NOK Mrs Charles Colman(mother) 46.Lancaster Gate.
Awarded 14 Star, Victory & British medals. Also Silver War Badge. 
Awarded pension of 12/6 per week for ??how long

Probate. Of San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, California. Died 16.5.1958 at Santa Barbara. Admin to Everard William Willett, solicitor, and Henry Josiah Humm, retired solicitor Attorneys of Benita Colman, widow . Effects in England£10436.

In 1911 he was with mother  Marjory & 3 siblings at 27 Denbigh Rd, W Ealing. He was a shipping clerk. Brother Eric  Silk Agent, sister Gertrude a Domestic Servant . Mother on private means

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2017, 21:12:57 PM »

I suspect that after he had 'made it' on the silver screen in the USA, his need for a war pension of 12/6 per week was not great!
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