Virtual Museum - Famous Phantoms
Phantom attracted men from all backgrounds, including some high calibre individuals who went on to enjoy illustrious careers after the war, including as actors, politicians and in policing and sport. Due to the secrecy associated with Phantom, many of them declared affiliation to other regiments, keeping their links to Phantom secret.
Niven who originally commanded A-squadron, finished the war at the rank of Major. After the war he returned to acting and his credits include: A Matter of Life and Death and Separate Tables.
Macmillan served with Phantom during the war. He later became a Conservative MP, serving in Edward Heath's Cabinet in the 1970s. His father, Harold, was Prime Minister from 1957 to 1963.
Sir Robert Mark
Mark acted as the SF liaison officer during the Normandy campaign. After the war, he joined the Police Force and later became the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police from 1972 to 1977.
Sir Gordon Richards
Richards was already a famous jockey when he arrived at Phantom, with over a hundred victories under his belt. After the war he continued his career and remains one of the only knighted jockeys.
Williams or 'Tam', an actor, came back from Hollywood to serve with Phantom during the war. Afterwards he continued his acting career. His 57 film credits include: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Insult
Jakie Astor MP
Astor J. served with his brother in Phantom. He was attached to the SAS on missions in France. After the war, he became a Conservative MP for and was also a successful agriculturist and race horse owner.
MP Christopher Mayhew
Mayhew joined Phantom in 1940 where he gained promotion to Major. After the war, he also went into a career in politics and became a Labour and then Liberal MP. eventually receiving a life peerage and serving in the House of Lords.
MP Hugh Fraser MBE
Fraser, after serving with Lord Lovat's Commandos, joined Phantom as a captain and served as a SAS Liaison Officer in Belgium. His actions earnt him an MBE. After the war, he became a Conservative MP.