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Spike Milligan

(16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002 / Ahmednagar)

Spike Milligan
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Early life

Milligan was born in Ahmednagar, India, on 16 April 1918, the son of an Irish-born father, Captain Leo Alphonso Milligan, MSM, RA, who was serving in the British Indian Army. His mother, Florence Mary Winifred Kettleband, was born in England. He spent his childhood in Poona (India) and later in Rangoon (Yangon), capital of Burma (Myanmar). He was educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Poona, and St Paul's Christian Brothers, de la Salle, Rangoon.

He lived most of his life in England and served in the British Army, in the Royal Artillery during World War II.

Poetry

Milligan also wrote verse, considered to be within the genre of ... more »

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  • ''Money couldn't buy friends, but you got a better class of enemy.''
    Spike Milligan (b. 1918), British comedian, humorous writer. Mrs. Doonan, in Puckoon, ch. 6 (1963).
  • ''Ying tong iddle I po.''
    Spike Milligan (b. 1918), British comedian, humorous writer. Ned Seagoon (Harry Secombe), in The Goon Show (BBC radio comedy series), broadcast (1951-...
  • ''I'm a hero wid coward's legs, I'm a hero from the waist up.''
    Spike Milligan (b. 1918), British comedian, humorous writer. Puckoon, ch. 2 (1963).
  • ''Contraceptives should be used on every conceivable occasion.''
    Spike Milligan (b. 1918), British comedian, humorous writer. Camden Theatre, London, April 30, 1972. The Last Goon Show of Them All (stage show) (1972...
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  • Rookie Namrata Shanbhag (5/19/2014 2:45:00 AM)

    What is Spike Milligan's email address?

  • Rookie Namrata Shanbhag (5/19/2014 2:45:00 AM)

    Who owns the copyright of Two Children at present?

  • Rookie Daisy Finkle (3/5/2012 3:00:00 PM)

    I lov ur writing it is rlly good and funny if u think about it i rlly like ur poem called hav a nice day

  • Rookie Keith Oldrey (11/5/2011 11:44:00 AM)

    fantastic almost as good as mine 2 pee or no 2pee

  • Rookie Mo. (7/13/2007 3:34:00 PM)

    A funny and creative poet!

  • Rookie - 12 Points Yvonne Rautenbach (1/22/2007 2:50:00 PM)

    Please please can any Spike fan send me a copy of his poem which has 'A Cat is Just a Cat my Friend' in it?

  • Rookie Keith Gaboury (8/29/2005 3:45:00 PM)

    Spike Milligan is a very orginial poet in a world that seems to be all too uniform and ordered into place, so thank you for your creativity.

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