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James Larratt Battersby - (SOLD) Heirs of the Kingdom 18B Copy Farmer

James Larratt Battersby - Heirs of the Kingdom.  Kingdom press, Poynton, Cheshire, 1948,   Greyish green cloth, spine lettered in black, pp.140, 5pp black & white plates. "This most important addition to the Hitlerian library of the Kingdom Press is not being distributed through normal commercial channels. Available free of charge to believers"  Very much a book in the mold of Yockey's Imperium, although much rarer as there possibly numbered 50 or less believers.  This copy has the library label of fellow BUF 18B detainee Peter Hanmer-Farmer.  

James Larratt Battersby was a Stockport based BUF activist. His family  ran a hat making company which was well known locally. Battersby was the Stockport BUF branch organiser at one point who was interned under 18B. After the war he joined the “League of Christian Reformers” which published a newspaper called Kingdom Herald. The group, which was led by Captain Thomas Guillaume St. Barbe Baker (his brother Richard was the famous forester/environmentalist), basically comprised of a group of activists (almost all former 18b detainees) living in a communal house Kingdom House, Petworth, Sussex,  who held a quasi-religious veneration for Hitler.  Battersby was arrested at the Cenotaph for shouting “Heil Hitler” whilst carrying the first issue of his book “An Aryan Testament - the Holy Book and Testament of Adolf Hitler” – an almost entirely different text has appeared and been reprinted as a modern pamphlet under the title  “The Holy Book of Adolf Hitler” by Battersby  which was said to have been written in 1951, the same year as “Ayran Testament”   and represented the culmination of these views which he had developed during internment. He was clearly troubled and committed suicide in 1955 by jumping into the paddles of a Mersey ferry.


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