The Selman-Troytt Commemoration The Selman-Troytt Commemoration Details of the published version of The Selman-Troytt Papers, which contains extensive additional material about Jeremy Selman-Troytt. Pub. by Old Street Publishing


Sir Henry Limpford de Rochefoucauld-Newbury P. C. Foley
Sir Henry Limpford de Rochefoucauld-Newbury

A commemorative photograph of Police Constable Eric Delaney (right) on the day he was awarded The Queen's Medal for the arrest of Sir Henry (shown left, before the bone deformation began) in a shop doorway in Oxford Street. Fortunately, for the valiant constable's safety, on that occasion Sir Henry was heavily bandaged and could scarcely breathe, so the chance of him striking out was exceedingly small. He just lay there, breathing shallowly.

P.C. Delaney completed the arrest with the assistance of twenty-six members of the public, who casually formed a static ring around the comatose Sir Henry and waited patiently whilst he was woken up and led, dazed and confused, into a waiting ambulance.

In later years Jeremy would regard this incident as a failure on his part. 'I shall always feel that this incident is a failure on my part', he wrote in his journals. 'Perhaps we should have administered the hypochlorate before trying to harness his inflation. Even five layers of bandages could not stop the suppuration and we were forced to admit defeat when his weight ballooned to 63 stones (c. 400 Kg.).'






 
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