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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

In the Summer about 1947, Whitchurch, Shropshire, U-K., Mrs. Allensby:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

About 2016, British "skeptical" ufologist Peter Rogerson included in his ufology catalogue INTCAT a report he found in "Johnson 2014 p154" saying that it occurred at the approximate date of the summer of 1947, in the evening, in Whitchurch, Shropshire, U-K.:

One "Mrs. Allensby" saw a small female figure, about 60 cm tall, appear on her hearth.

He says the being had "rosy" cheeks and curly golden hair and wore a bright blue dress. The being smiled and then disappeared.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001796
Date of event: About Summer 1947
Earliest report of event: 2014?
Delay of report: Hour, 5 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Fairies sightings book.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Peter Rogerson.
First alleged record type: Fairies sightings book.
First certain record type: "Skeptical" ufology catalogue.
This file created on: November 10, 2018
This file last updated on: November 10, 2018
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Shropshire
Type of location: Inside home in Whitchurch,
Lighting conditions: Not reported, evening.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None.
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. child, teen, adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Female.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Fairy
Entities height: 0.60 meters
Entities outfit type: Dress.
Entities outfit color: Bright blue.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Female figure.
Entities head: Not reported. Rosy cheeks.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Yes.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Curly golden hair.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Appeared in the house, smiled, disappeared.
Entities/witness interactions: Uncertain, smiled.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possibly pschaitric, or hypnagogic hallucination, unknown credibility, insufficient information, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

Summer 1947. (Approximate date) Evening.

WHITCHURCH (SHROPSHIRE : ENGLAND)

Mrs Allensby saw a small female figure, about 60cm tall, appear on her hearth. The being had "rosy" cheeks and curly golden hair and wore a bright blue dress. The being smiled and then disappeared.

Johnson 2014 p154.

Points to consider:

British "skeptical" ufologist Peter Rogerson once again introduced in a catalog apparently about "UFO occupants", a case as an "example" of "invention" or "imagination."

The first problem is his source reference, "Johnson 2014 p154". "Johnson" is obviously not a ufologist, which makes it difficult for most ufologists to find out who this "Johnson" is. A first name would have helped, it would have taken little time to give it in addition to the name. There is no publication title either.

So, as usual with Rogerson's kind of "cases", I searched for a 2014 book written by one "Johnson" that would tell stories of ghosts or fairies.

There is a "Nap Time Fairies" by one Jennifer Johnson, published in 2014, but she is a North American author, and a summary says, "Fairies send love and wishes from a mother to her young son as he sleeps." This was hardly likely to be the correct source.

Then there is "The Ghost and the Gray Lady" by one James A. Johnson at iUniverse, 2014, but the summary says: "In the small town of sundown, there are hidden secrets waiting to be found. In their previous adventures the kids from Sundown discovered the little people in the mountain and answered the question 'Are we alone in the Universe?'" But this is a fiction book.

Finally, I was able to find a 2014 "Seeing Fairies: From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society, Authentic Reports of Fairies in Modern Times" by Marjorie T. Johnson, published by Anomalist Books. Bingo!

This is apparently a story from the "lost" archives of the Fairy Investigation Society. This Society was founded in the United Kingdom in 1927 by Sir Quentin Crawford and the painter Bernard Sleigh, to collect information and testimonies about fairy-tale observations through lectures and discussions: the general process was that a lecture was given with stories of fairies visions, and people in the audience were then telling their own, or some story they heard from an acquaintance. This went on until the beginning of World War II, during which at least a part of the Society's archives would have been lost or destroyed. The Society was inactive until 1949, when Crawford restarted it, with more than a hundred members, with the help of his secretary for the Nottingham branch, Marjorie T. Johnson. In the 1950s, Johnson wrote their newsletter and collected contemporary testimonies of fairies sightings; which she compiled in her 2014 book.

In the 1950s, there were well-known people in the Society, such as Alasdair Alpin MacGregor, Ithell Colquhoun, Leslie Alan Shepard, Sir Hugh Dowding - the former RAF commander during the Battle of Britain -, Victor Purcell, Walter Starkie, Naomi Mitchison, Charles W. Crawford, and even Walt Disney. One of the conditions of membership was that candidates were required to "sincerely believe in the existence of fairies."

Charles W. Crawford, for example, who was a pioneer of telecommunication in the Royal Navy in the 1930s, thought he had successfully communicated by radio with "swamp elves" around London.

In 1960, an article in the Sunday Pictorial newspaper ridiculed Marjorie Johnson's beliefs, and she withdrew from the Society, now based in Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland, where it collapsed and closed in the early 1990s.

Around 2014, Simon Young, a folklore historian who had written an introduction to Marjorie Johnson's 2014 book, set up a website (fairyinvestigationsociety.com) to revive the Society. It now accepts anonymous membership and no longer asks for members to believe in fairies.

What about the case? Without having the text of the primary source, I do not know anything about the credibility that this story could have or could not have. But obviously, this not about a "UFO occupant". I tentatively conclude that the case is of unknown credibility, lacking information, and unrelated to the issue of UFO occupants.

I do not even know the age of "Mrs. Allensby", who might have been a 4-year-old or an old lady with mental disorders, I simply do not know anything about the alleged witness. "Allensby" is probably a misspell of "Allenby". There is no distance, duration or lighting conditions. Perhaps the alleged witness was drowning in an armchair; which could lead to an explanation by a hypnagogic hallucination.

I did not find any ufology sources (other than Peter Rogerson) presenting this as a UFO occupant or alien encounter case oe related to this topic.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe November 10, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source [mj1]. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possibly pschaitric, or hypnagogic hallucination, unknown credibility, insufficient information, not UFO-related.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 10, 2018 Creation, [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 10, 2018 First published.

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