A mid 20thC autograph book collected by Joan Richardson AKA Joan Peters, singer and actress, signed by many prominent military and entertainment figures of the time to include Guy Gibson, Jack Leggo, Air Marshall Sir Harold Brownlow-Morgan, Leonard Sumpter and others of the Dam Busters, entertainment figures to include Dickie Valentine, Laurel and Hardy and numerous from various walks of life to include Fred Perry, George Brough, Gordon Steele VC, Jack Vivian, squadron leader of Bomber Command. Full list in the condition report. 120 approx.
Joan Richardson a pianist, singer and actress who went under the stage name of Joanne Peters, worked all over the North of England and collected these as she travelled. They include Guy Gibson VC leader of 617 squadron The Dam Busters and several of his squadron Jack F Leggo Flt. Lt. DFC H B “Micky” Martin KCBDSO & bar DFC & 2 bars Robert Hutchison Wireless Operator DFC & bar Leonard Sumpter DFC DFM Bomb aimer Vivian Nicholson Navigator DFM B W Clayton Pit Off. DFC CGM Harry Humphries The Founder Adjutant of 617 George Leonard “Jonny” Johnson John Fort Bomb aimer H T Taerum DFC J C Mc.Carthy DSO DFC Pilot H S Hobday Navigator DFC W H Kelleway F/Lt DSO Other military signees inc. Jack Vivian Sq. Leader DSO DFC G G Avis Sq. Leader DFC BA Vice Admiral Sir William Geoffrey Arthur Robson KBE CB DSO and bar DSC.
Walter Roger Marshall- A' Deane DSO DSC AM Alec Murray McKillop Lt. Cdr. and W R Patterson Lt. Of HMS Jersey in 1940 Gordon C Steele Commander VC in RN WW I A few of the others inc. Laurel and Hardy George Brough of Motorbike fame Edward Sinclair the verger in Dad’s Army Jimmy Young Norman Collier Dickie Valentine. Irene Vanburg - Actress Betty Huntley Wright - 'Deidre; in Steptoe & Son. 'Mrs Twitchen' in Fawlty Towers