Train) created Colonel Chinstrap, a pickled former Indian Army officer
who perpetually believed he was being offered a drink, replying: "I
don't mind if I do". Chinstrap was based on a real person. Train was
visiting the BBC's chief announcer, John Snagge, when in came a
bleary-eyed former army man, another friend of Snagge's.
arrival said: "John, I've just done the most marvelous piece of
business. I've bought a water heater on 10 years' hire purchase and what
the gas company don't know is that I am drinking myself to death."
When the man heard the show he failed to recognize himself but
commented: "Wonderful character. I knew silly buggers like that in
India." And then, nine years and five months after the first meeting,
Snagge sent Train a telegram:
THE COLONEL BEAT THE GAS COMPANY BY SEVEN
-From the Wikipedia article on wartime radio comedy 'It's That Man Again'.