Friday, June 3, 2016

Brief Sketch of Sir Jeffrey Hillpig-Smyth & a Walking Stick

I recently aquired a walking stick with the above label, so I had to google it and find out more. I tell you this is a fascinating read and he is officially still missing. Love this bit....

"The latest, as recent as the last monsoon, has Hillpiggy on elephant leading a small group of well disciplined guerrillas near Kuhn Sa's stronghold at Nam King." 

Brief Sketch of Sir Jeffrey Hillpig-Smyth

Born London 1910.
As a schoolboy - overweight, few friends, poor student, non-athletic yet polite, called Hillpiggy by the staff.
Harrow 1928.
Sent down from Oxford for indecency, 1930.
Unsuccessfully stood for parliament, as an independent from the small constituency of Looting on the Thames, finishing fourth in a field of three, 1934.
Alcoholic 1935.
Published at his own expense an angry and spirited collection of short essays entitled, Sticks and Stones 1936.
Alcoholic again 1937.
Published a second collection of short essays entitled Mudpuddles and Other Outrages 1938.

  

Joined Military Intelligence and Engineering; the elite I&E group, 1939.
Assigned to British Special Forces, Mandalay, British East India (Burma), 1940.
Recovering from a minor fall, designed the Military Trekking Stick 1941.
Disappeared while on a morning mini trek within the Special Forces compound. A search party was organised and diligently combed the 3 acre area for well over an hour, sadly to no evail 1944.
Queen Elizabeth II knighted Hillpig-Smyth in absentia, for contributions to British War Protocol 1953.
Officially still missing Sep 1992.
Unofficially, over the years there have been periodic sightings of Hillpiggy in the Burmese jungle.
The latest, as recent as the last monsoon, has Hillpiggy on elephant leading a small group of well disciplined guerrillas near Kuhn Sa's stronghold at Nam King. Further information is available by writing.
Find the Hillpig Society
8/1 Arrak Road Soi 7
Chaing Mai
Thailand 50000
The reward of 25 pounds sterling for information confirming Hillpiggy's status remains in effect.
enquiries to teaklimey@hotmail.com

Article curtesy travel-magazine-uk.com

6 comments:

KATE SARSFIELD said...

Aw, poor Hillpiggy. Sounds like he had a really tough life.

Chrissie Marshall said...

Have to say I felt a bit sorry for him too, not the best starting of with a name like that!

Pinkflorentina said...

What a great tale of a life actually lived. Bet he never wanted to be found

Mary Mac said...

Love this wonderful historical story. Very nice piece to have.

Chrissie Marshall said...

I think you might be right Pink.

Chrissie Marshall said...

Indeed Mary and until the other day had never heard of him, so decided to google the name on the cane, never expected this story but glad I found it.

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