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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

SOMERTON MAN: TIBOR KALDOR, NEW INFORMATION, MORE NAMES & A MAP




MEYER MANUFACTURING


In 1948, this relatively small building in Melbourne's Little Lonsdale Street housed the post war activities of the Meyer Manufacturing Company. They produced mostly pressed metal and plastic gift items and advertised regularly for skilled and unskilled employees. In August 1948, Tibor Kaldor started work for them presumably as a process worker.

Significantly more information has now come to light following Clive's further and earlier research on Tibor Kaldor.

TO DATE, A SUMMARY


If you recall, Tibor Kaldor was the man whose body was found in a bedroom at the Victoria Hotel in Hindley Street, Adelaide on the 14th December 1948, two weeks to the day following the discovery of the Somerton Man's body on Somerton Beach.

Tibor had apparently ended his own life although the Police files and autopsy notes leave room for doubt. He left a last letter in which he provided a list of his wishes and informed us that he had two suitcases the contents of which he had apparently recorded in an inventory contained in a separate letter. The police files on his death record no details of the suitcases nor their contents.


Curiously, when Tibor's last letter was put through an acrostic decoder, the name 'DANETTA' was retrieved, a second pass of the decoded letter expanded on that and the decoded contents now read:

'AND SEE DANETTA AND SUITCASE DANETTA DANETTA DANETTA DANETTA'

Also unusual in my view was a phrase taken from the letter:  '...AND HAVE INFORMED A FRIEND IN LONDON MYSELF'. Perfect syllabic meter, 4:5:2. I believe that it was the only phrase within his last letter that did that.

We were able to trace Tibor's name on the NAA site and found that he was, in fact, an ex-internee, he had been arrested and deported from the UK in 1940, along with 2500 other German, mostly Jewish, men and boys. They arrived in Australia on board the HMT Dunera in September 1940; he was a 'Dunera Boy'.  He was released from Tatura Internment Camp into Melbourne in 1942.

Despite a number of leads stemming from adverts apparently placed by Tibor offering his services as a PHD from the University of Vienna and a teacher of languages, Clive was unable to find any trace of him at the University of Vienna nor any other University in and around Vienna. Thanks to Misca we found two other men of the same name who had died within days of each other in 1945 in Austria following their release from concentration camps. Both men were of similar age to Tibor Kaldor.

Clive was able to find records of Tibor living in Windsor near the centre of Melbourne. He also found a record of Tibor having successfully applied for a Certificate of Naturalisation for Australia. His application provided us with a further sample of his writing and his signature.

Tibor's body joined that of the Somerton Man in the Adelaide morgue.

NEW INFORMATION

Clive made extensive enquiries of the NAA and they have recently responded with further files on Tibor. As you will read, apart from information regarding his employment, they include more examples of Tibor's handwriting, names of three people who knew him and interestingly a copy of forms that show two distinctly different signatures.


CERTIFICATE OF NATURALISATION


To the right is the front page of Tibor's application for a Certificate of Naturalisation, the application had to be accompanied by proof of Tibor having placed ads in the local press announcing his intention to apply for Naturalisation. Images of those ads are included in this post.

There are three names and addresses included, better detail in the next image.

Note the signature style, the same as in earlier posts, the exaggerated T and the extended curve of the letter K.

The form was dated 29th April 1948.















The image below has been enlarged so that you can see the full details of the names of 3 householders, one of whom had to be chosen from a list of professions as in Certificate C. The date of the form.


The names are:
1. Certificate A. John Widmer, an electrical engineer from St.Kilda. Note that Tibor's name was entered by Tibor himself with a signature that differs from other examples of the same, the letter T is markedly different. Also,  note that this man states he has known Tibor for 2 years.

2. Certificate B. Helen A.E. Ross, home duties of Hawthorn East. Once again we see Tibor's signature in the name of applicant field with the different style T. Helen knew Tibor for 5 Years and this would indicate that she would have known him from a time shortly after his release.

3. Certificate C. The third signature is that of Elizabeth Bethune Stainforth, a State School teacher of Armidale in Melbourne. Once more Tibor's different signature appears.




Below are copies of the two statutory ads placed by Tibor on 28th. April 1948.



For those unfamiliar, these 3 suburbs lie almost in a straight line from Hawthorne through Armidale and then St.Kilda. from the entries, it appears that Tibor may have started his certificate collection at St.Kilda then, perhaps, Armidale and finally Hawthorne. Unless of course, two or even three happened to be in the same place at the same time.

STATUTORY DECLARATION
This two part form has quite a deal of information including the already known fact that he had spent 6 months in Italy prior to his arrival in the UK where he spent 16 months. He was then arrested and interned, what's missing here was that he was transported from London to Huyton in Liverpool prior to being boarded on the HMT Dunera. He would have been grateful that his ship was not the Andora Star. He arrived in Australia, docking first at Freemantle which is omitted from this form, then Melbourne at which point 250 or so internees disembarked and were taken directly to Tatura in country Victoria and the balance of some 2250 sailed on to Sydney and eventually by rail to their new, temporary 'home' at Hay in far west New South Wales.



Note his description, he is 44 years old, 5'6" in height, he has brown hair, his image shows him as being almost bald, and he has gray eyes.

He gives his address as 10 The Avenue, Windsor.

The form notes his occupation as being a process worker at Meyer Manufacturing Company, 20 Little Lonsdale Street which is the city of Melbourne. He states that he was employed at Meyer for a period of 4 weeks prior to the date on the form, 3rd May 1948, making his start date around 3rd April 1948. Note the signature





On the 26th May 1948, a note registering no objection from the Commonwealth Investigation Serviec Office was signed and filed.



21st June 1948 was the date on this internal report on Tibor's application for Naturalisation. Note that '..he desires the rights and privileges of a British Citizen.'



The  form below was probably attached on the same date in June 1948
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Dates of interest are his release in December 1942, well after many internees were released, and his permission to stay permanently in Australia on 28th of April 1948.




To the left is a signed note by Tibor dated 9th September 1948, in the letter, he refers to an enclosure being a form of the Oath of Allegiance. Note the signature style.

The paper used appears to be similar to that on which he wrote his last letter in December 1948.




















Tibor's last letter for comparison below:
I will carry out further comparisons of the handwriting in these two documents and publish the results of that in due course.


RENUNCIATION OF NATIONALITY & OATH OF ALLEGIANCE




This final form is dated 9th September 1948, it shows two noticeably different signatures from Tibor and is formally countersigned by one Frederick Charles Percy Hill Clerk of Petty Sessions.
Again we have two styles of signature from Tibor, it may be that where he is asked to enter his name he uses one style and where a signature is called for he uses a more formal, flourished style. Perhaps the further comparisons of handwriting will reveal more.

As an aside and on a topical note, it beggars belief that our Australian politicians had trouble understanding the process for renouncing previous Nationalities.

NOTE:

There is one name missing from all of these documents and that is Miss C.Brown, the lady who it is thought also lived at 10 The Avenue in Windsor.

As you can see, Clive Turner has done a significant amount of work here right from the start, I gratefully acknowledge that, it's a tribute to his great skills and ongoing commitment.

LOCATIONS MAP

This map shows the various locations of where Tibor Lived, Windsor, the area where John Widmer lived, St.Kilda, the area where the Teacher Elisabeth Stainforth lived, Armidale, the area where Helen Ross lived, Hawthorn East and finally to the top left, where worked from May 1948, the premises of the Meyer Manufacturing Company in Little Lonsdale Street in the CBD of Melbourne. With the exception of Hawthorn East, each location is a single gram ride away from Windsor where Tibor lived.




THE NEXT STEPS

There are a number of leads that stem from this information, some of you may notice an apparent disparity in the dates although I would not place too much importance to that. The new names and his employer though could well yield more about our man of mystery, Tibor Kaldor.

We have no indication why this man would go to the trouble of organising his naturalisation, securing certificates from those he knew, holding down a somewhat menial job but a paying job nonetheless only to travel to Adelaide a few short months later and, apparently, take his own life. Not only that it looks as though he has left us with an Acrostic codename, 'DANETTA'.

Where was Tibor between December 1942 and May 1948?

From a bigger picture perspective, the path is clear. We need to further explore and glean whatever we can about our prime Somerton Man candidate, Pavel Fedosimov. Further work has to be done in relation to the other ex-internee, Klaus Fuchs who, like Tibor, spent a little time, and at the same time, in Huyton Internment camp, Liverpool prior to their departures to Canada and Australia respectively. There's more to be done on other players from the camps as well as further research on whatever part Alf Boxall may have played. And it doesn't end there.

Interesting times ahead I suspect.

Friday, 28 July 2017

SOMERTON MAN: M SPECIAL UNIT, LIST OF SOLDIERS

'M' SPECIAL UNIT SOLDIERS



The 'M' Special unit was the intelligence division of the 'Z' Special Force. Its role was not to directly engage and fight the enemy but to support their colleagues through any intelligence means possible. Their role was in fact to avoid direct action, they were to keep their presence secret.

This secrecy was essential if they were to be effective, they learnt and understood the various Japanese codes, helped to 'crack' them and reported back regularly to Central Bureau on their findings.

Their role in life is not to be underestimated, some of these men were very much 'in' on many of Australia's greatest secrets.

One such secret was the passing of information by the Russians to the Japanese as outlined in the previous post on this topic. It revealed that there was a leak from a particular Government
Department of highly sensitive information. The Department was headed by one 'Doc' Evatt, but officially known as H.E. Evatt.

During research I found a book, it's called 'Soldiers of M Special Unit', there are approximately 400 men listed as members of the unit and there are some interesting names amongst them is a Lt. P.M. Evatt and his next of kin is listed as H. Evatt. It is known that 'Doc' Evatt had a son named Peter.

I don't honestly know if there is a direct connection between the two men but given the nature of this research, anything that looks or sound unusual should be passed on.

The service number of this man is NX101412. he also has another service number being N276468 when he was a member of the New Guinea Wireless company.

If anyone would like a copy of the full list of these men, please contact me via the blog.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

SOMERTON MAN: M SPECIAL UNIT, UPDATED 25th July


Members of M Special Unit, 1945, Beaudesert, Queensland


This image is from the Australian War Memorial website, it shows what is believed to be the entire complement of men of M Special Unit on the date of their disbandment. at 'Tabragalba' on 10th November 1945. I would assume that some may not have been present due to illness which was an issue for many men serving in the islands. The M Special Unit was, in fact, the renamed and to an extent repurposed Coastwatchers organisation

These men sometimes working alone and sometimes in small groups, were the eyes and ears of the renowned Z Special unit who took the fight to the enemy in many locations in the islands and notably at Singapore Harbour. The men of M special unit were under orders not to engage the enemy directly except in extreme circumstances. Their role was to remain hidden and carry out surveillance n Japanese troop and ship movements.

Spend a moment and think about these men and the work they did along with their native guards and bearers. There was a lot more to the job than being a skilled radio operator although that did necessarily form an important part of the job. Imagine their day, they might well head off into the bush to find a convenient location where they might construct a rough hide and from where they could clearly see the waters below and the flow of waterborne traffic or patrol boats carrying men and materials from one location to another. Whilst the traffic of most interest would be under a Japanese flag, they would also see and record the movements of allied shipping.

The information they gathered needed to be detailed with ship/hull types, ship names and numbers if possible, the nature of the cargo if visible, the number of guns and types, the numbers of troops and their equipment, dates, times, locations and more.

Think about this carefully, how would they record all of that information? A book to lean on, small flimsy message slips and a pencil or three. The task would be done hurriedly and with paper in short supply, they would fit as much as they could on to each precious piece. 

The format would be arranged in shifts, a line for each period of time and then finished off with a coded message at the bottom.

The Somerton Man code page image below shows that sort of format. Pay attention particularly to the letters 'M' circled and the last line that starts with the letter V and ends with AR. There are two kinds of M used in the first lines and two kinds of M in the last line. The last line V is a prosign in radio operators lingo, it tells us who the message is from. The AR at the end of that line is the prosign for 'This is my last message, no reply is expected or required'. These are the pro signs used by members of M Special unit.


Who do we know that plied the waters of the islands sometimes ferrying men and materials from one island to another in small boats?

UPDATE
A Coastwatchers experience:
'However, I should note that on a recent cruise to Milne Bay a native tour guide described the conditions of 1942 as being ‘the place of hell’. It reminded me of a brief stint I had there when a mobile dental unit caught up with me! During two consecutive days, I suffered gruelling drillings of four molar teeth on each day with no anesthetic needles and driven by foot pedal power. Occasionally the dentist had to stop when the drill jammed and he had to crank it up again. It was indeed a ‘place of hell’! Apart from that experience, I came home missing about eight teeth, finishing up with one in each corner of my mouth. Remarkably, I passed as dentally fit as well!'

We have more information to be published shortly on this topic, a busy few weeks ahead.






Saturday, 22 July 2017

SOMERTON MAN: A BOOK OF REASONS WITH ANSWERS...




About a week or so ago, I came across a press announcement regarding the release of a new historical account of Australia's involvement in the massive code breaking efforts of the Allies in the Pacific Theater of War.

I was able to contact the author, David Dufty to congratulate him on the release and told him that I was looking forward to reading it as I had a particular interest in the topic. He kindly wrote back and I believe we will continue our discussion.

I acquired a copy and immediately I started reading it, it was clear that the author wasn't just writing an account based on pure academic research, he had completely immersed himself in the subject and the complexities of relationships between enemies and friends during this time of a war the likes of which no one had ever experienced. 

Being involved in the Somerton Man case, like many others, you get used to reading texts about WW 2, and the early Cold War years and, of course, about espionage and the work of the intelligence services. They all seemed much the same.  However with this work, right from the get go, I wasn't just reading a book, I was being taken on a fascinating journey and became quickly engaged with its content. Those others involved in the SM case will know that when researching if you can find just one nugget of information amongst the many hundreds if not thousands of pages we all must read, you will have done well. With David's book, you feel like you've struck the mother lode. Page after page of really useful and relevant information is contained within its covers.

One example of this relevant information relates to the leaking of top secret information from the higher levels of the Australian Government which had a significant impact on the nature of the relationship between the US and Australia to the extent that information sharing between these Allies was greatly reduced and became even more closely monitored. It turns out that leaks from Australia were detected much earlier than 1948 when Roger Hollis and Percy Sillitoe paid their visit to the Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley. A series of Japanese reports, The Harbin Special Spy Reports, contained secret information that in the end could only have come from Doc Evatt's department or from that of the Minister of Supply and Shipping, John Beasley. This information had come via the Russian Embassy in Canberra. The date was Christmas Eve 1944.  Even though it was to be 1954 before this detail was made public, it was obvious even then that the US, UK and Australia knew of the problem years earlier than the MI5 visit.

Yet another example is that of Australian Code-Breaker, Eric Nave, a man, who of late, has been the subject of much, heated, discussion between two rivals in the blog space covering the Somerton Man case. As David reveals, whilst Eric Nave was a well-respected member of the team at Central Bureau, there were doubts held about his proficiency to the extent that his superiors were disinclined to recommend him for an award at the conclusion of hostilities. The reason given was that whilst Captain Nave had made significant break throughs with Japanese air to ground codes there were thoughts by some that he had breached security on a number of occasions and that his work constantly required supervision.

For me at least, both of these examples, and by the way, there are many others in the book, have shed further light on the background to the Somerton Man case. It is a great resource and I am sure I will be using it as the trusted book of reference it undoubtedly will be. David's 'human' touch made it a thoroughly readable account and an engaging experience. I thoroughly recommend it to all who are serious about following not only the Somerton Man case but also the many other intelligence aspects of the world's greatest conflict.


David Dufty

David Dufty is a Canberra-based writer and researcher. He completed a psychology degree with honours at the University of Newcastle, has a PhD in psychology from Macquarie University, and has worked as a statistician and social researcher at the University of Memphis, Newspoll, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. His previous book, How to Build an Android, described modern developments in robotics and artificial intelligence.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

SOMERTON MAN: PAUL LAWSON INTERVIEW PART 2, A CAMP DIVIDED



In Clive's interview with Mr Lawson, a lot of ground was covered including Paul's comments on the nature of the environment within the CIB office. In his view, it was indeed a divided camp when it came to the Somerton Man case. There were those officers who were decidedly very protective of Jestyn and those that wanted to pursue the case with her as the prime suspect. As we all now know, Jestyn's supporters won the day.

HOGAN'S HEROES

Digging a little deeper, Paul referred to one of the officers as a version of 'Sergeant Schulz' of Hogan's Heroes fame. It was this officer who controlled the case and who either allowed or disallowed the inclusion of various evidence presented to him. 'Sergeant Shulz' did not act alone and we are left to consider who else might have been in his faction. Those familiar with the case will have little problem identifying 'Sergeant Schulz'.

As the discussion progressed, Paul went on to talk about the verse that Jestyn had written in the book she gave Alf Boxall, specifically he referred to the signature and the letter 'E' that seemed so unusual. He believed that according to those involved in the case, the use of a second capital letter may have had something to do with Jestyn's association with the Persian religion he had mentioned at the earlier interview. As best we can make out, that religion was probably Zoroastrian, more details in the first post on Clive's discussions with Paul. We are following up on the signature issue with members of that religion currently.

The picture is emerging and it increasingly suggests that Jestyn's supporters were following specific instructions from on high. I say that because I would find it difficult in the extreme to believe that anyone could effectively block the progress of an investigation in what appears to have been a murder without some kind of direction from above.

POST IMAGES

The above image is dated June 1948, it shows SA Police first radio car and in the image, I believe the gentleman on the right is Detective Sergeant Leane, not certain of the identities of the other 3. These radio cars were operated by CIB and were on the road between 4 p.m. and 6 a.m. Whilst this vehicle was operative from June, the new SA Police Radio centre did not kick in until August 1948.

The car itself is a General Motors Model, you can tell that by the emblem on the hub cap, the predecessor of the GM Holden released in December 48. Interestingly the Holden company was in existence for some years prior, they were the vehicle body makers for many of the cars/chassis' imported from the US and the UK and who were eventually acquired by GM hence the name GM Holden


SOMERTON MAN: INTRODUCING MR FRANCIS


THE NEWS, ADELAIDE, 4th. FEBRUARY 1949
 


Over the years, so much time and so much effort has been applied to the question of just who was Mr Francis?

So, when Clive was doing what he does best, he came across a certain Mr Francis and he is connected to the Somerton Man case. Here we have someone who, possibly, had the name that was later applied to the owner of the car in which the copy of the Rubaiyat was found.

This Mr Francis, full name Harold Clayton Francis, had a record, he served 9 months for indecent assault in 1944. Reading through the brief report it would seem that 'Clayton' is quite an appropriate name for the man.

The 'Francis' referred to in the case is a 'Ronald Francis' and it was not his car but that of his brother in law according to the Sydney Morning Herald, November 28th. 2012:

'Amazingly, on July 22, a Mr Ronald Francis recalled seeing a copy of The Rubaiyat in the glovebox of his brother-in-law's Hillman Minx. When Mr Francis called to inquire, his brother-in-law told him he had discovered the book lying in the back of his unlocked car. On November 30, the car had been parked in Moseley Street, the street above Somerton Beach.
The next day, Mr Francis took the book to the police. The torn-out page matched the book and, what's more, the book contained a code and a telephone number written in pencil. The case had just become even more complicated.'
This account is at odds with Gerry Feltus's account which attributes the ownership of the car to Mr. Ronald Francis and not his brother in law.

But, to the point, was Harold Francis's surname used in part as a pseudonym for the finder of the book or was there another connection? I understand that the clipping from the News has been talked of before but, as far as I am aware, no one has linked this Mr Francis to the finder of the book.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

SOMERTON MAN: ANOTHER CODE PAGE?


THE ADVERTISER  MONDAY, 29th AUGUST 1949







Have to admit, I never saw this but thankfully the eagle eyed Clive most certainly did!

This was the code page as published in the Adelaide Advertiser on 29th August 1949, page 2. Apart from the apparent numbers and letter X at the end of the PANETP sequence, the edges are entirely different and there are traces of what appear to be more letters and numbers in numerous locations on the page.

Make no mistake though, this is decidedly a low-resolution image, 38 pixels per cm, but it is showing details that are just not visible on later versions of the page shown in the press.

Here's the full article:



Pete Bowes, you may be interested in the wording of the article. 'The letters appear on the back cover of a copy of the Rubaiyat....'


Friday, 14 July 2017

SOMERTON MAN: INTERVIEW WITH PAUL LAWSON, PART 2


FOUR FACES OF THE SOMERTON MAN




Over the years I have published a fair number of images and comparisons of the 4 different faces of the Somerton Man. There were a number of things that troubled me, the major difference between the full face images post autopsy and pre burial, the two images to the left above, and then full face image differences between the bust and the IR 3D organised by Professor Abbott.

I pointed out in 2013that the post autopsy image had been altered and backed that up with information from TROVE which clearly stated that the Police were working on a 'reconstructed photograph' of the man. It's now generally agreed that the image had been altered, the question is by how much? I believe they were major alterations, which may go some way towards explaining why those that came forward to identify the man from the picture in the press thought he looked quite different when seen in the morgue.

Prior to Clive's recent interview with Mr Lawson, we had discussed what questions he might put to him and one was seeking to know whether or not Mr Lawson had used the early post autopsy photographs as an aid when he made the bust. His answer was quite simply 'Yes'.



If you look closely at the plaster bust image and compare it to the IR 3D scan, you'll see that they bear little resemblance to each other and the bust does not look anything like the pre burial image and also different to the post autopsy photograph on the far left above.

Mr Lawson went on to say that the body looked smaller than he thought it would be, the nose was markedly different, he put these things down to dehydration. Given that the body had been in deep freeze I wonder whether that would have been possible. We need to check out the date that the body was actually placed in the freezer which would have been following closely behind the time that the embalming took place at least one would think that would be the case.

He went on to describe how the body quickly became very wet and that he had three detectives to assist him in turning the body whilst he applied the plaster which was done in a piece meal way. They first had to towel an area dry and then the plaster was applied one small area at a time.

Interestingly he said that when the plaster had dried, they literally had to break it away from the body. I am sure that was the case but how then was the plaster bust made if the mold was broken?

We are left with more questions, not the least being which photographs did Mr Lawson use? I and, I am sure, many others, have the view that there were more than the two that have been published.

There is still more to come from this latest interview. Many thanks to Clive once again for doing such an outstanding job as well as to Mr Lawson for sharing his unique insight and knowledge on the Somerton Man case.


Monday, 10 July 2017

SOMERTON MAN: LETTER T FROM THE LAST LINE OF THE CODE PAGE, MICRO CODE SHOWN + MICRO LETTERS/NUMBERS BENEATH SA, LAST LINE



COMPARISON CODE PAGE IMAGES

DOCTORED IMAGE ON THE LEFT AUTHENTIC IMAGE ON THE RIGHT
Thought I would post this latest image of micro code found on the code page. It is the letter T from the sequence TGAR, it is in fact a comparison image because it shows the authentic image on the right alongside the now recognised fake image from the ciphermysteries blog.

You can see micro code in both but the fake one on the left shows blurring due to the injection of another 850 pixels per cm into the source image, the image to the right is much clearer. It is important before you attempt to alter an image that you do your homework, read up on it or maybe attend a class or two and then be prepared for a learning curve :). More pixels don't always add up to a more detailed image, they may smooth the edges but the detail is lost or blurred in the process.

The image on the right came from the authentic, un-doctored image of the code page and clearly shows a long string of numbers across the top bar and feint examples in the upright.


LAST LINE OF CODE PAGE: BENEATH 'SA'


Note that the Venom  X4514 has a particular style of X, it is similar I believe to a mathematical symbol in shape.


There will be more attention paid to these letters as the case continues to unravel. The latest interview with Mr. Lawson marks a real breakthrough, this man is one of two still living who were there at the time and as a bonus he has been keenly interested since that time, his knowledge of the case is amazing.

We have more information yet to publish from the last interview conducted by Clive and most interesting it is at that.


LINK TO SAPOL 1959 REPORT


SOMERTON MAN: AND JESTYN RECEIVED INFORMATION ON SHIP MOVEMENTS....



A small sample of US minor combatant ship types

According to Mr. Lawson, Jestyn had received information on Allied ship movements...

Consider that knowledge that is new to us but for Mr. Lawson, it goes back to 1949 when he first heard of what is essentially an act of espionage, question is who was on which side and how was the information passed from Alf Boxall?

Let's review what we have, there's Jestyn, Alf, Somerton Man and, nearly forgot! We have the book and a 'code' page:


All those letters staring out at us, tempting us. What could they mean? Acrostic code? Mnemonic ? Shopping list reminder?

Ship movements, Espionage, Sydney Harbour, Wartime, Cold War, Lots of Ships and lots of ships of different types...

Could it be that simple?Is it just possible that, discounting the first letter in each line, the other letters are the first letters for the different ship types that passed through the harbour at varying times?

Some light reading and research should reveal a list of ship types whose names begin with those letters. And what of the micro code? Each letter has letters and numbers in micro code, could that relate to details of the particular ship? If Alf was the sender, wouldn't he, as a man deeply involved with boats and stationed near the harbour, be privy to daily documents showing anticipated arrivals and departures together with related information?

I realise it might see the end of my earlier post on the WW2 Radio Operators Manual but ...

At this point this is purely an idea, it seems to fit well but it certainly needs to be researched and discussed. What do you think Mr. Bowes?

Anyway, I thought I'd just float the idea :)

Friday, 7 July 2017

SOMERTON MAN: JESTYN & SHIPS IN THE NIGHT. UPDATED


SYDNEY HARBOUR SHIP MOVEMENTS


ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS SYDNEY HARBOUR 1945

Clive's ongoing discussions with Paul Lawson have yielded some surprising results and the input of both these men is gratefully acknowledged.

It is generally known that Jestyn was a member of the communist party of Australia and attended numerous meetings. But to what extent was she involved with the organisation and what tasks may she have undertaken on their behalf?

During this weeks discussion, Mr. Lawson made an astonishing statement and one that leads to apparently only one conclusion.

Espionage

Mr. Lawson's statement was that he was made aware that Jestyn had been collecting information on Allied ship movements through Sydney Harbour and that he believed that the information on these movements was  passed to Jestyn by Alf Boxall.

 Mr. Lawson went on to say that his thoughts were that Jestyn was 'stringing' Alf along and did not offer any further information at this stage.

Let me make it clear, in Clive's view and I have absolute faith in that, Paul Lawson though of advanced age has a clear, sharp and active mind. He has not been given to making careless nor ill thought out statements or answers.

The whole Somerton Man case is and always has been an espionage case, this latest and unprompted statement by Mr. Lawson underlines that fact.

A good question to ask would be what part did the Rubaiyat's, yes, both of them, have to play in this apparent espionage activity? Jestyn's verse 70 should now be viewed in quite a different light by those that have had doubts about the presence of micro writing. The same can also be said about the code page and its micro written code.

I wonder whether this is why the code page was handed to Naval Intelligence for examination?

The Implications

Extending on this revelation, there are implications regarding the likely existence at that time of a network of agents all feeding back to the one source being Jestyn. It would not be beyond the realms of possibilities that each capital city as in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Hobart, would have had someone collecting information on ship movements through their harbours. The question would be, how would that information be communicated? Too sensitive to be sent by post, too lengthy to be sent by Morse code it would seem that a humble book would be an ideal method even though it would require a courier to transport it. Someone who did or would travel extensively and someone who would simply blend into the background, possibly someone like Tibor Kaldor for example?

The strange 'one way' ads in the Adelaide papers begin to make more sense now, one wonders whether similar ads are to be found in other States media. Lost and Found ads could be a rich source of information.

Given the events of December 1st in Adelaide, what other events took place in other States over say, a 6 month period commencing in November 1948 through until May 1949? We know we have Tibor Kaldor's demise, but could there have been others?

There is obviously a lot more to be done and further research is underway. Friend Pete Bowes at TomsbyTwo has already seized the moment and no doubt will be pursuing all the avenues he can find.

Yet again we have found another way forward, from micro code, verse 70, the code page, Pavel Fedosimov, Tibor Kaldor and now this major breakthrough, we have information that shows Jestyn and Alf Boxall were involved in the transmission of valuable military information. To be continued.



Thursday, 6 July 2017

SOMERTON MAN: JESTYN & A TRIP TO LONDON


THE LONDON DENTIST



Some years ago, Professor Abbott introduced a theory that Jestyn’s son Robin, was in fact the son of the Somerton Man, his hypothesis was based around Robin’s ear shape and his teeth which according to Professor Abbott, matched those of the Somerton Man.


Some years ago, I was given an image of the ear of Jestyn’s grandson, he had an ear type not dissimilar to that of the Somerton Man but the grandson’s mother was born after SM’s time. That meant that there were no grounds to suggest that Robin had a similar ear to SM, his ear shape was genetically linked to his family, more particularly his mother.

Now, 6 years on, in an interview that Clive had with Paul Lawson, the man who worked on the Somerton Man bust, we learn that sometime in the early 1950s, Jestyn took Robin to London and to a dental specialist to have orthodontal work carried out. We do not have the precise date and we do not have the details of the work done. We do know that, according to Paul that the trip took place, that information alone is sufficient to cast significant doubt on the statement that Robin’s teeth matched those of the Somerton Man.

There is more to be posted on the content of this latest interview which I think you will find more than interesting, fascinating in fact.