The Selman-Troytt Appreciation Society was founded in 1948 by Finlay Finlayson (left) who enjoyed the unique distinction of being the longest serving inmate in a German POW camp. He was captured on the first day of WWII when, lost and confused, he landed his surveillance aircraft in Switzerland to ask for directions. Unfortunately, he had miscalculated his position and was actually on the outskirts of Stuttgart.
His arrival only hours after the outbreak of hostilities caused embarrassment for the Germans who did not yet have a POW camp ready to house him. Whilst one was hastily assembled, Finlay stayed with brother officers from the Luftwaffe and here developed friendships so strong that for many years after the war he was suspected of espionage activities.
He was not liberated until late in 1947, his small and obscurely located camp having been overlooked completely by the advancing allies during their first, second, and third offensives. He passed his time fashioning chess sets from candle wax.
Although plainly still exhibiting the after-effects of malnutrition, he is shown here proudly wearing his 'de-mob' suit at the inaugural meeting of the Society. A personal note of Introduction from Mr Finlayson is available here.
The Society he founded is dedicated to researching and republishing the extant writings of Jeremy Selman-Troytt and to compiling biographical details of those family members and acquaintances who may have influenced his work.
Mr Finlayson's excitement at the recent re-publication of Jeremy's work is recorded in the 'Preface' here.
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Gifts: The Society has a number of touching gift items suitable for presentation to loved ones ... even if they are homosexuals. These include various unique postcards as well as a range of tasteful T-shirts with such slogans as: 'Even the thought of you makes me moist' and 'I long to wake and find your face at my porthole'. Please visit our store to examine Selman-Troytt Memorabilia.
Spreading the word: The recent re-publication of Selman-Troytt's work has flushed the Society with excitement. Details of the re-publication can be found here. The Society receives a few pence for each copy sold and all such recompense helps the Society to continue its work. Please consider buying a copy for a friend or loved one who is confused about the workings of their bodily parts.
|President and Founder:|| Finlay Finlayson (F.S.T.A.S.)
|Secretary:||Sylvia Westbrook (Mrs)
|Personal Assistants to Mr Finlayson
(in order of seniority and service):
Margot Churton-Kurdost (deceased)
Amanda Susan Thrippshorne
|Senior Archivist:|| Marichal Pincent-Vestry
|Warehouse Manager:||Reginald Crust|