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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.

October 1947, Buck Barn, West Sussex. U-K., Don Cottrell:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In his INTCAT catalog of encounters with "entities", around 2016, "skeptical" British ufologist Peter Rogerson indicates that according to "Foreman 1978 p57", in October 1947, Don Cottrell was motorcycling to West Grinstead, when at the Buck Barn crossroad, West Sussex, U-K., he saw a ragged-looking old man sitting on the milestone. The man then got up and seemed to glide right in front of Don's cycle. Don had a sensation of cold and managed to stop. He searched all over the place but there was no sign of the man.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001753
Date of event: October 1947
Earliest report of event: 1978?
Delay of report: 3 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Foreman 1978.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Peter Rogerson.
First alleged record type: Not reported.
First certain record type: "Skeptical" ufology catalogue.
This file created on: October 17, 2018
This file last updated on: October 17, 2018
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: West Sussex
Type of location: Driving a motorbike at Buck Barn crossroad.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None.
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adult, adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Man.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Ragged clothes.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Old man.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Sat on milestone, glided in front of motorbike, disappeared.
Entities/witness interactions: Glided in front of moving motorbike.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, searched, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Low strangeness ghost story of unknown credibility, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.



October 1947.


Don Cottrell was motorcycling to West Grinstead when at the Buck Barn crossroad he saw a ragged looking old man sat on the milestone. The man then got up and seemed to glide right in front of Don’s cycle. Don had a sensation of cold and managed to stop. Don searched all over but there was no sign of the man.

Foreman 1978 p57

Points to consider:

Again, [pr1] gives a reference "Foreman 1978 p57" which did not allow me to find what this is about. It would have been sufficient to give a firstname, or a publication title.

This is still one of those "ghost stories" taken randomly by [pr1] - there are so many more that he does not pick up - not as a stories of UFO occupants, but to give "examples" of imaginative inventions and delusions that he thinks should explain stories of UFO occupants.

Apparently, apart from "Foreman 1978", there were not many other "sources"; I did not find anything on this story. Its strangeness is low (a tramp who "glides" and "disappears", no information about lighting conditions, night, day, fog etc.). And there is no information that allows me to estimate the credibility of the story (second hand, invented folklore, investigated case?).

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Medium October 17, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Unidentified primary source, thus not available. Help needed. Opened.


Low strangeness ghost story of unknown credibility, not UFO-related.

Sources references:

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

Document history:


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

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 17, 2018 Creation, [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 17, 2018 First published.

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