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Spike Milligan

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Legendary but dead poet who wrote The Goon Show with fellow writer Michael Bentine.

Born in India, had an Irish father and an English mother. Would not take the oath allegiance in the company of 'real foreigners', so took an Irish passport instead.

Served in the Royal Artillery during the second world war, and once called Prince Charles a 'little grovelling bastard' on live tv in 1994 however still received a knighthood in 2001.

His humour was extremely dark. After the death of friend Harry Secombe from cancer, he said, "I'm glad he died before me, because I didn't want him to sing at my funeral."

On his grave stone is the inscription "Duirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite", Irish for "I told you I was ill.".