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Putting various notions to the Pub test

Notion 1. They were an item.

When Alf came back from the north in 1946 he and Jessica rented a room.

Then

Jessica relocated to Melbourne, pregnant, and moved in with her parents. It was there she received a letter from Alf enquiring as to her welfare. The times being as they were for unmarried mothers.

Then

The following year all the shit in the world happened to Jessica. She moved to Adelaide and was visited soon after by the police who wanted to know why her new phone number was written on the back of a coded Rubaiyat that was connected to a man, possibly murdered and whose body was found close to her new address.

So she told them everything she knew about Alf Boxall, the Clifton Gardens and his Rubaiyat. Hoping they would go away. They didn’t. They needed her to view a bust of the dead man. She did and was struck dumb.

Exit the police, suspicious but with nowhere else to go.

Notion 2. They weren’t an item.

When Alf came back from the north in 1946 he found that Jessica had rented a room with the commie agent she and Alf had been feeding dud information about ship movements using coded Rubaiyats.

Then

Jessica relocated to Melbourne, pregnant, and moved in with her parents. It was there she received a letter from Alf telling her what to say if anyone came knocking on her door with regard to their earlier arrangements with said commie agent.

Then

The following year all the shit in the world happened to Jessica. She moved to Adelaide and soon after was visited by the police who wanted to know why her new phone number was written on the back of a coded Rubaiyat that was connected to a man, possibly murdered and whose body was found close to her new address.

So she told them her cover story, as instructed. The Clifton Gardens, the meetings with Alf and his Rubaiyat. Hoping they would go away. They didn’t. They needed her to view a bust of the dead man. She did and was struck dumb.

Exit the police, suspicious but with nowhere else to go.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ellen #

    How about….The police had put time and effort into developing the bust and had no leads. Boxall was part of the intelligence network. He had access to the original coded paper torn Rubaiyatt. There was no second Rubaiyatt. He might have met Jessica with a code name Jestyn but the whole Littlemore interview was a ruse to draw her in; just like a hostile communist faction wanted to clean up loose ends which by then was probably working with the BBC. They wanted to see what her relationship was with the bust lookalike (Tabor in my opinion), She did recognize him but didn’t spill the beans. She took her secret to the grave.

    Boxall changes his story as to when he gave his wife the Rubaiyatt twice. He also blinks all over the place, a sign of lying. And he is too cute in the telling of the story….

    March 23, 2019
  2. Clive #

    I realize it sounds dumb but, why didn’t the police show Jessie a photo of the SM instead of the bust? Did the police ask Jessie whether or not she had already seen photos of the SM in the local press? The thought comes to mind, is that, the photo(s) of the SM and the bust were entirely different. Is this the reason Jessie reacted the way she did, when viewing the bust? In other words, she had already seen photos of the SM in the local press and, expected to see the same resemblance when taken to see the bust? Her reaction speaks a thousand words.

    March 23, 2019
  3. The police were onto her, Clive, they suspected she knew who the dead man was and when she was taken to see the bust three detectives accompanied her .. stacks of pressure, questions coming from everywhere.
    But she was too good for them. Said nothing. No wonder she was picked for the covert Sydney job. Admirable lady that.
    Alf would have been proud of her.

    March 23, 2019
  4. Clive #

    Funny the coincidences in this case, GF’s book, pages 111 and 176 mentions that “Jessie gave the Rubaiyat to Alf whilst he was in hospital”. Yes, Alf Boxall was in hospital, but this AB was named Alfred John Boxall and his Service Number: NX49127. He was in Bonegilla, Vic hospital in Feb 1945.

    April 8, 2019
    • BOXALL ALFRED JOHN : Service Number – NX49127 : Date of birth – 06 Aug 1908 : Place of birth – LONDON ENGLAND : Place of enlistment – PADDINGTON NSW : Next of Kin – BOXALL ALFRED

      BOXALL ALFRED : Service Number – NX83331 : Date of birth – 16 Apr 1906 : Place of birth – LONDON ENGLAND : Place of enlistment – PADDINGTON NSW : Next of Kin – BOXALL SUSIE

      Brothers .. ?

      April 9, 2019
  5. Clive #

    Apparently the answer is no!. Alfred John Boxall NX49127 was born to an Alfred Boxall and an Annie Ellington in Hammersmith, London. Alfred Boxall NX83331 was born to a Frederick Boxall and a Louisa Tilbury. Alf Boxall NX83331 married, and they had a daughter named: Robyn Isobel Boxall-I wonder why ‘Robyn’ was chosen?

    April 9, 2019

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