Sir Spike Milligan KBE Hon CBE
(1918-2002)

Died aged c. 84

Terence Alan "Spike" Milligan KBE (16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002) was a British-Irish actor, comedian, writer, musician, poet, and playwright. The son of an Irish father and an English mother, Milligan was born in India, where he spent his childhood, relocating to live and work the majority of his life in the United Kingdom. Disliking his first name, he began to call himself "Spike" after hearing the band Spike Jones and his City Slickers on Radio Luxembourg. Milligan was the co-creator, main writer and a principal cast member of the British radio programme The Goon Show, performing a range of roles including the Eccles and Minnie Bannister characters. He was the earliest-born and last surviving member of the Goons. Milligan parlayed success with the Goon Show into television with Q5, a surreal sketch show credited as a major influence on the members of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Milligan wrote and edited many books, including Puckoon (1963) and a seven-volume autobiographical account of his time serving during the Second World War, beginning with Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1971). He also wrote comical verse, with much of his poetry written for children, including Silly Verse for Kids (1959).

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Commemorated on 5 plaques

Spike Milligan KBE hon. CBE 1918-2002 author & artiste lived here

9 Orme Court, London, United Kingdom where they lived

From 1955-1974 Spike Milligan, comedian & author, lived at 127 Holden Road formerly on this site

127 Holden Road, Woodside Park, London, United Kingdom where they lived

The Last Goon Show of All starring Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan & Harry Secombe was recorded by the BBC in this Theatre on 30th April 1972

KOKO, Chalk Farm Road, London, United Kingdom where they recorded

Residence of Spike's father, Leo and grandfather Sgt. William Milligan, Sligo Artillery, 1880's - 90's. Spike Milligan 1918 - 2002 comic genius and author. "My father was born in Sligo. Very Irish, very working class family, very poor!"

5 Holborn Street, Sligo, Ireland where they Residence of Spike's father Leo and grandfather Sgt William Milligan

Peter Sellers Spike Milligan Harry Secombe Michael Bentine The Goon Show 1951 - 1960 first exploded here

2 Strutton Ground, SW1P 2HP, London, United Kingdom where they was