by Edward Wooll; producer Eric Hart
6-7 April 1951, Orpington Civic Hall
This was one of the last plays directed by perennial producer Eric Hart, and one of the last before the Society made the new Chelsfield Village Hall its home.
Sir Mark Loddon, a war hero and Member of Parliament, is suing a newspaper that claims that he is an impostor and a fellow soldier and friend of Loddon from the First World War who happened to resemble the original Loddon. Loddon recounts being taken prisoner and then escaping. After the war he married his pre-war fiancée, Enid, and was elected to the House of Commons. He says he has no recollection of events from before he was taken prisoner, a condition he attributes to shell shock. Lawyer Thomas Foxley accuses Loddon of being Frank Wenley, a soldier who escaped with Loddon and had strikingly similar features. Another soldier from the escape, Patrick Buckenham, believes Wenley killed the real Loddon.
Loddon produces a photograph of Enid from before the war, saying it was a gift from her before he left. The defence accepts this demonstration as proof of Loddon’s identity. He wins his case and reunites with his wife.