The death has been announced of Welsh actor Windsor Davies who is best known for his 56 appearances as Battery Sergeant Major "Shut Up" Williams in It Ain't Half Hot Mum, between 1974 and 1981.

Battery Sergeant-Major "Shut Up" Williams, was a ferocious disciplinarian determined to impose his authority  in the Royal Artillery Concert Party.

The Carry On actor also hit number one in the charts with a single in 1975 Whispering Grass with Don Estelle.

His daughter said that he was aged 88 and died two days ago, his wife Eluned of 62 years had died last September.

Paying tribute to them Jane Davies said: "They leave a large and very close family who will all remember them with love, laughter and gratitude."

He also appeared in the TV series Ring Out An Alibi, The New Statesman, Terrahawks and Never The Twain, as well as the films Carry On England and Carry On Behind.

The Carry On actor was born in 1930 to Welsh parents in Canning Town, east London, he moved to his father's village in Ogmore Valley, Wales, at the outbreak of the Second World War.

He worked as an electrical engineer in the mines, completed National Service in Libya and Egypt, and then trained as a teacher before taking up amateur dramatics in adulthood, according to the British Film Institute.

The New Statesman star spent around a decade trying to make it as an actor before his big break.
Supported by his wife Eluned, Davies played a number of supporting roles in dramas before being cast in BBC show It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974-81).

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