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Faces of Watson: Sir John Mills

Faces of Watson: Sir John Mills

“… besides being an incomparable actor.”

– A Study in Scarlet (STUD)

John Mills as Watson, Peter Cushing as Holmes in The Masks of Death (1984)

In all honesty, when I hear the name of the actor John Mills, my first reaction is his portrayal of William Robinson in the 1962 Disney film Swiss Family Robinson. I was shocked when I realized that the John Mills, who was Dr. Watson to Peter Cushing’s Holmes in the 1984 movie The Masks of Death, was the same actor.

John Mills starred in over 120 films in a career that spanned over seven decades. You can read more about him on his Wikipedia page or his 2005 obituary that was published in The Guardian.

According to his obituary, Mills was awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) order in 1960.

The badge for the CBE is in the form of a cross patonce (having the arms growing broader and floriated toward the end), the obverse of which bears the left facing busts of King George V and Queen Mary; the reverse bears George V’s Royal and Imperial Cypher. Both are within a ring bearing the motto of the Order. The badges are enamelled with pale blue crosses and crimson ring, and is suspended from a ribbon that is rose-pink with pearl-grey edges, with the addition of a pearl-grey central stripe for the military division.

Mills’s obituary in The Guardian also mentions that he was knighted in 1976.

When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was knighted in 1902, no insignia existed for Knights Bachelors. This was rectifed in 1926, with a 2 3/8 by 1 3/8 inch medallion. The insignia is described as “Upon an oval medallion of vermilion, enclosed by a scroll a cross-hilted sword belted and sheathed, pommel upwards, between two spurs, rowels upwards, the whole set about with the sword belt, all gilt.” Sir John Mills would recieve a decoration similar to the one pictured below.

For those not familiar with the 1984 film, check out the movie below.

The Kabul to Kandahar Star That Dr. Watson Didn’t Earn

The Kabul to Kandahar Star That Dr. Watson Didn’t Earn

“… succeeded in reaching Candahar in safety…” A Study in Scarlet (STUD)       Photos source: Wikipedia In our previous post on Dr. Watson’s Afghanistan Campaign Medal, we briefly discussed the Kabul to Kandahar rhar Star (also known as the Robert’s Star). This medal was awarded to the troops under General Frederick Roberts’ command, who participated in… Continue Reading

The Dog and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2000)

The Dog and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2000)

A recent NI BULLETIN article (Smith, 1998) considered the copper fulus produced during the British occupation of the city of Qandahar during the Second Afghan War, and an unusual footnote is now added. It was mentioned that in the final phase of the war, on 27th July 1880, Ayub Khan “…defeated a sizeable British force… Continue Reading

Faces of Lestrade: Frank Finlay

Faces of Lestrade: Frank Finlay

“… besides being an incomparable actor. “ – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Frank Finlay, clockwise from upper left, as Lestrade in A Study in Terror (1966); as Lestrade in Murder by Decree (1979); as Professor Coram in The Golden Pince-Nez (1994); and as Arthur Conan Doyle in The Other Side (1992) Charles Prepolec, the 75th Garrideb, posted the following item… Continue Reading

The Decorated Captain Tommy Gregson of the NYPD

The Decorated Captain Tommy Gregson of the NYPD

“Gregson is the smartest of the Scotland Yarders” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Screen Capture from the October 30, 2016 episode of Elementary ~ S05E04 “Henny Penny, the Sky is Falling” If you were to poll the membership of our group about the CBS television series Elementary, opinions would vary wildly. There are those of you… Continue Reading

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

“Since then I have been honoured …” – His Last Bow (LAST) Shortly after mailing out our last notice of new posts on our website, I received a note from the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, that there were other Sherlockian-related recipients of the National Medal of the Arts. Noted theatrical musical composer Stephen Sondheim… Continue Reading

Faces of Moriarty: The Decorated Laurence Olivier

Faces of Moriarty: The Decorated Laurence Olivier

“His name is still honoured.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Laurence Olivier is considered by many to be one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. Our post cannot do justice to the man’s career and legacy, so we encourage you to read his Wikipedia entry which has much more detail… Continue Reading

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In 1898, Arthur Conan Doyle visited Italy with his brother-in-law, E. W, “Willie” Hornung (the novelist who created the gentlemen burglar “Raffles”). During his tour, King Umberto I of Italy conferred the Order… Continue Reading