It Ain’t Half Hot Mum: Melvyn Hayes and Windsor Davies. Those familiar with the series will remember that Melvyn played Gunner/ Bombardier ‘ Gloria’ Beaumont who detested being in the Army, regarding himself as a serious “artiste” and a showbusiness professional. In the troupe’s shows and routines he generally appeared dressed up as female film stars particularly Ginger Rogers.
Bombardier Beaumont’s cowardly attitudes and effeminate behaviour didn’t go down well with the larger- than- life character played by Windsor Davies, Battery Sergeant Major Tudor Bryn Williams. The mustachioed Welshman, with his puffed- out chest, was best known for his fierce facial expressions and loud, deep voice. “Oh dear, how sad, never mind,” was his sarcastic catchphrase, and he frequently bellowed “Shut up” at his poor recruits prompting them to refer to him as “Old Shut Up”.
The merciless Sergeant Major regarded his disparate bunch of men