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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.

SUMMERE 1916, COOKHAM DEAN, BERKSHIRE, U-K., A YOUNG GIRL:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In 1936, the British literary weekly John o'Londons published several readers' letters about encounters with fairies.

A woman from Pulborough apparently reported that as a young girl, in the summer of 1916, in Cookham Dean, Berkshire, UK: Out picking blueberries (I can't think of a better way to encounter a fairy than in a blueberry patch), the woman was straining with the bush to get at harder to reach berries when the branches suddenly parted and something came out. It was a "lean, brown man, dressed in brown with pointed cap and scraggly beard." The being was solid from waist up, but "transparent" from waist down. As he ran away "like lightning", he entirely disappeared.

The woman did not want to be called a nut, so, unlike others, she just gave her initials.

In 1993 the story entered a Fortean article, and about 2004 it entered two ufology sources with a mispell of the location and samll distortions.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001431
Date of event: 1916
Earliest report of event: 1936
Delay of report: 2 decades.
Witness reported via: Anonymous letter to literary magazine.
First alleged record by: Literary magazine reader's letter.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Literary magazine reader's letter.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: March 12, 2013
This file last updated on: March 12, 2013
Country of event: R-U.
State/Department: Berkshire
Type of location: Outside in bulberries patch.
Lighting conditions: Day.
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 woman or young girl.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Young woman or young girl.
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: Clothes, pointed hat.
Entities outfit color: Brown.
Entities skin color: Brown.
Entities body: Not reported. Man, solid from waist up, transparent from waist down.
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: Scraggly beard.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Is in mulberries, runs away, disappears or disappears from sight.
Entities/witness interactions: Fled.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable invention. Not related to UFOs or UFO occupants.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates that in "Cockham Dean" [sic], Berkshire, England, in the Summer of 1916, in daytime, "A young girl had been picking blackberries in a field and was startled to see a short thin human like figure, dressed in brown and wearing a pointed cap, dash out of one of the bushes. The being had a scraggly beard and appeared solid as far as the waist, but his legs were transparent and shadowy. The being quickly ran away disappearing from sight among the bushes."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "David Lazell, Fortean Times # 71".

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that in the summer of 1916, by day in "Cockham Dean" [sic], Berkshire, England, a little girl picking blackberries in a field was particularly surprised when she saw a bush open wide and reveal a human being of brown skin, wearing brown clothes and a hat. The creature had a beard around his neck and looked strong, particularly at the chest, but his legs were vague and transparent. The creature fled at the speed of a lightning and disappeared completely. The girl, from the surprise, dropped her basket of berries, and quickly ran right at home.

Jean Sider says the source is Fortean Times, #71, 1993, p. 41, according to David Lazell, who cites the John o'London, 1936, magazine.

[Ref. bs1:] "THE BIG STUDY" BLOG:

[...]

Fortean Times in 1993 published a handful+ of cases which originally came from the British Weekly John o'Londons of readers' letters collected in 1936.

[...]

6). Cookham-Dean, Berkshire, UK: This witness didn't want the grief of being called a nut, so, unlike others she just gave her initials (familiar problem, eh?). Out picking blueberries (I can't think of a better way to encounter a fairy than in a blueberry patch), the woman was straining with the bush to get at harder to reach berries when the branches suddenly parted and something came out. It was a "lean, brown man, dressed in brown with pointed cap and scraggly beard." The being was solid from waist up, but "transparent" from waist down. As he ran away "like lightning", he entirely disappeared.

[...]

Points to consider:

A partial glimpse on the article in the Fortean Times only allowed me to see that the author of the letter was "[...] a correspondant from Pulborough identified only by initials", who "told of her encounter during a blackberry-picking expedition at Cookham Dean in Berkshire during the summer of 1916. [...].

"John O'London's Weekly" was a weekly literary magazine published by George Newnes of London between 1919 and 1954. It was the leading literary magazine in the British Empire, at its height it had a circulation of 80,000, and it was popular among young and older readers alike. Its content featured contributions from both the best known literary names of the day as well as newer less well known writers.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe March 12, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe March 12, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross anonymous letter, no investigation or checking. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Probable invention. Probable invention. Not related to UFOs or UFO occupants.

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 March 12, 2013 Creation, [ft1], [ar1], [js1], [bs1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 12, 2013 First published.

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