Spike was sent to an officer’s rest camp south of Naples where he joined a dance band. From there he was posted to the newly formed Central Pool of Artists (CPA) at Vomero near Naples where he met Bill Hall and they formed the Bill Hall Trio. There he also met Gunner Harry Secombe. Of his later depression, Spike said, “to prove that I was a neurotic I just had to have that mechanism inside me tripped, and this mortar bomb blew me up and it did it”. Spike’s daughters Jane and Sile believe his depression and ‘madness’ are not inherited but were the result of his experiences during the war and the drugs he was subsequently prescribed and took in large doses all his life.
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