It is revealed that Private Godfrey was a Conscientious Objector in the First World war, leading Mainwaring and some of the platoon to brand him as a coward. However, during an exercise in ... See full summary »

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It is revealed that Private Godfrey was a Conscientious Objector in the First World war, leading Mainwaring and some of the platoon to brand him as a coward. However, during an exercise in which Mainwaring collapses with smoke inhalation, it is Godfrey who, at risk to himself, rescues him. When Mainwaring and the others go to visit Godfrey, recovering in bed, they see a photo of him with a military medal, won in the First World War when he was a brave stretcher bearer who saved many lives. Mainwaring is ashamed and asks Godfrey to be the platoon's official First Aid representative. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Private Godfrey is revealed to have been a conscientious objector in World War I and is generally reviled as being a coward. In reality, the actor who played him, Arnold Ridley, saw active service in WWI, being discharged on medical grounds with the rank of captain after having been severely wounded at the Battle of the Somme. See more »

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After Hodges pulls Jones out of the smoke-filled shed by the groin, Bill Pertwee (Hodges) is seen to smile briefly while trying not to laugh: quite out of character. See more »

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Capt. George Mainwaring: [the platoon have found out about Godfrey's Military Medal] There's still one thing I can't understand, Godfrey.
Pte. Charles Godfrey: What's that, sir?
Capt. George Mainwaring: Why didn't you wear your medals?
Pte. Charles Godfrey: Somehow I thought they looked rather ostentatious, sir
Capt. George Mainwaring: Ostentatious... but good Lord, man - If I'd have won the Military Medal, I'd have worn it proudly on my chest for the world to see.
Pte. Charles Godfrey: Yes, sir, and that would have been all right - because somehow you look like a hero.
Sgt. Arthur Wilson: It just goes to show, sir, you can never judge by appearances.
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Warm-Hearted Episode That Deals with Serious Issues
7 October 2015 | by (London) – See all my reviews

An episode from one of the earliest series transmitted in color, "Branded" deals with the potentially contentious subject of Private Godfrey's (Arnold Ridley's) being a conscientious objector during the First World War. For Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) and Frazer (John Laurie) this is tantamount to heresy, a brazen want of patriotism that deserves the strongest censure. It seems that Godfrey might be permanently ostracized from the platoon; that is, until the truth about his First World War service is revealed.

This episode contains a fair share of slapstick comedy, notably involving Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn) and a botched attempt to create an exercise where the platoon learn how to creep up on an unsuspecting victim without being heard. There is also a subplot involving Hodges (Bill Pertwee) and a smoking building, which has the ARP Warden overacting in a way that is quite alien to his characterizations in later series. Yet what remains is the feeling that people during World War II often jumped to conclusions about their fellow-citizens without bothering to find out the truth. This tendency towards instant judgment gave rise to unfounded suspicions, as well as a reluctance to pull together as the government repeatedly advised.


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