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
The Society he founded is dedicated to researching
and republishing the extant writings of Jeremy Selman-Troytt
and to compiling biographical details on 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
How You Can Help
In an archiving task of this magnitude it is
inevitable that mistakes will occur - whether they be errors
of typography, composition, compilation, or of fact. If you
should notice any such error, we ask that you bring it to our
attention so that we can correct it. Please Contact Us
stating the nature of
the erratum and the Title or URL of the web page upon which it occurs.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a 'Friend of the Society'
, thereby furthering its researches and publications, should visit this page
Those wishing to record their reactions to The Selman-Troytt Commemoration,
or who would like to read the comments of other excited visitors, should avail
themselves of the Visitor Pages
Contact us also if you have biographical
details or photographs of the Selman-Troytt family which the
Society does not possess or has been unable to purchase. Sadly,
such memorabilia is selling for increasingly higher prices
as Selman-Troytt's popularity surges. As the Society is dependent upon patronage, its budget for acquisitions is increasingly strained by such inflation.
The Society has a number of touching gift items suitable
for presentation to a loved one ... even a homosexual. 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 to swell our coffers and allow 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.
Principal Figures within the Society
|President and Founder:
|| Finlay Finlayson (F.S.T.A.S.)
||Sylvia Westbrook (Mrs)
|Personal Assistants to Mr Finlayson
(in order of seniority and service):
Margot Churton-Kurdost (deceased)
Amanda Susan Thrippshorne
|| Marichal Pincent-Vestry