Arnold Ridley

English playwright and actor

William Arnold Ridley (7 January 189612 March 1984) was an English playwright and actor.


Biography on SpartacusEdit

"Arnold Ridley", by John Simkin, at, based on unpublished memoirs.[1]
  • I thought I was doing my duty for my country. I didn't know I was going to be treated like a convict. Did it make better soldiers of the callow youths we were then? I doubt it.
    • On his service during World War I
  • I didn't go to France to murder people.
  • It wasn't a question of if I get killed, it was merely a question of when I get killed.
  • I always remember my disappointment the next morning when I found that my hand was still on because I thought, well, if I lost my hand I'm all right, I shall live, they can't send me out without a hand again. I was 20 then, it's not altogether a right thought for a young man to hope that he's been maimed for life.
    • After suffering severe wounds at the Battle of the Somme
  • Yes, sir. My battalion is famous for self-inflicted wounds and just to make sure I cracked my skull with a rifle butt as well and ran a bayonet into my groin.
    • On being asked by a doctor if the damage to his hand was self-inflicted.

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