Wallace Greenslade (1912-1961) A BBC announcer and newsreader, who is mainly remembered for being the announcer and straight man for the BBC radio comedy series The Goon Show at the height of its popularity. Greenslade was born at Formby in Lancashire. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Naval Reserve, then joined the P&O Line as a purser before joining the staff of the BBC in 1945, as a presentation assistant and newsreader. In 1949, Greenslade was appointed a Home Service announcer before becoming a newsreader in both radio and television from November 1955. He died suddenly at his home at Weybridge in April 1961, aged 48 from a heart attack. Following a funeral service at St Mary's Oatlands, he was buried at Brooklands Lane Cemetery.