Oliver Reed meets the army.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 3:27:26 PM
When I joined trhe army in 1957, I was in the line to get on the train to Aldershot. So was Oliver Reed. I asked him which platform to get the Aldershot train from. Waterloo is the biggest railway staion in London. He said:
"Follow me, that's where I'm going. National service as well."
When we got to the barracks, we lined up outside the RMAC (medics) in front of the seargent major and we had to give our names, and occupations, we noticed the Sargent Major couln't spell. Ollie went first and said:
Reed has two "E"s and not "EA" and his occupation was playboy".
BLOODY PLAYBOY! What's a playboy?"
"It's a kind of actor, sir."
"You'll be a bloody actor by the tinme I've finished with you. Next!"
"Roy Smith; S . M . I . T . H"
"Being bloody funny lad?
We'll soon knock that out of you."
That was my first meeting with Oliver Reed. I served alongside as his Oppo for two years in the RAMC, the Royal Army Medical Corps.