50 Moments That Made Dad’s Army: #24 Onward Christian Pigeons

In the episode Getting the Bird from the fifth series meat is in seriously short supply and Jonesey is getting desperate. Ever resourceful, Walker promises him off-ration supplies of pigeon though he is a bit cagey as to where he will get them.

A bigger problem for the pair is where to keep the birds until Jones can dispatch them and Sergeant Wilson and Captain Mainwaring are somewhat baffled by the mysterious appearance of pigeons in the office bookcase.

However the whole situation spirals badly out of control when Walker relocates them to the church organ pipes just in time for Jones to step in to cover the absent organist with a hearty rendition of Onward Christian Soldiers, which comes with extra feathers and scares the willies out of the verger.


50 Moments that made Dad’s Army is a series of blog posts each focusing on one moment that helped define the popular comedy series. There will be one post for each of the 50 days leading-up to the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of the first episode of the series on 31st July 1968. 50 Moments that Made Dad’s Army is brought to you by walmington-on-line.co.uk and copyright of all video clips belongs to the BBC.



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