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1938 - 1949 > Original Linen Cloth
1941 Linen Cloth Wisden - from POW Library - Oflag V11B
Listing # 187955
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Listing Format: Auction
Current price : £540.00  ( Reserve met )
Starting bid: £50.00
Shipping Cost: £8.00
# of bids: 15
Closes: Auction is closed
Location: UK
Started: 06/11/2016 17:57:23
Ended: 28/11/2016 21:00:00
Seller: CAT12 (2532)  
High Bidder(s): yeovilfan (55)
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Wisden Year: 1941
Bowing to Spine: No
Linen Covers: Large Marks
Any Repairs?: No
Is the book Ex Library?:
Internal Markings?:
Overall Condition: 6
Stock Number: TKJ
DESCRIPTION

Hi,

This lot is a 1941 Original Linen Wisden with a facsinating history.

It was part of a POW Library  - Oflag V11B with a stamp as shown,

It is in OK condition, but seeing what it went through (see below) that is excusable. The most famous Wisden of all time is the 1939 Wisden in the Lord's Library of E W Swanton that had a similar experience. 

The seller will include a copy of the the signed provenance to it being in Oflag V11B and coming home to the UK in 1945 with Keith Jackson.

From the seller : 

Provenance of the linen covered 1941 Wisden that in 2016 was discovered in the effects of Thomas Keith Jackson (1918 - 1997). 

Thomas Keith Jackson, known as Keith Jackson, was born in 1918 in Barnard Castle, County Durham.  He was educated at Barnard Castle public school where he attained a lot of scholastic honours as well as sporting ones – especially cricket.  What he did after leaving school is not precisely known excepting he was a member of the local Territorial Army at Barnard Castle attached to the Durham Light infantry and joined the regiment full-time around 1939 as a Second Lieutenant.

In 1940, before Dunkirk (26th May to 4th June 1940), Keith Jackson was captured by the Germans during the Battle of France.  He ended up in the  German prisoner of war camp Oflag V11B in Bavaria, Germany.  Offlag V11B was a large camp and was used to intern allied officers from many different countries.     

Keith Jackson had a lifelong interest in all forms of classical music and was involved in the many activities that were arranged by the prisoners to amuse themselves.  He also formed lasting friendships with a number of fellow prisoners.  The camp was liberated by the U.S. Army on 16 April 1945

How the Wisden, obviously part of the POW library in Oflag VIIB, firstly came there and then, secondly, came back to the UK as one of  Keith Jackson’s possessions, is not known as the book only came to light in 2016.  One can only presuppose it was stuffed into a haversack as something to while away time during  what would be a long and arduous trip back to the UK from Germany across war torn Europe.

After the war Keith Jackson qualified as a Brewer and joined the Castle Eden, County Durham based family Brewery of J Nimmo and Son Limited as second brewer.  As a keen cricketer he was a county player for Durham and also was a scratch golfer.

In 1958, aged 40, he married Joan Nimmo and enjoyed life working and travelling.  In 1963 the brewery was sold to Whitbreads and Keith declined to relocate to London.  Thus he retired to a life of travelling with Joan, playing high class bridge, attending concerts and playing superior golf for his age.  The story rather sadly ends as, after a few years in about 1973, Keith was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  He did well for a number of years but slowly retired into himself.  Beautifully nursed, he still had a great number of happy years happily sitting next to his wife welcoming the people he knew with a grin and a smile.  He peacefully died, aged 79, in 1997.

Links :

Oflag - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oflag_VII-B

EW Swantons 1939 - https://www.lords.org/news/2013/june/poynter-makes-senior-ireland-debut/artefactdetails/Archive/110007754?page=6

Small reserve (less than half the price of a hardback) 

Payment: BACS or Cheque only please.

Postage: £8 which covers Special delivery & Jiffy Bag 

Happy Collecting.

Cheers

Chris

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