The Welsh Sale, Cardiff

Sat 07 July 2018, 10:30 AM - Cardiff Saleroom, South Wales

The Welsh Sale, Cardiff

Lot 24

OF DYLAN THOMAS INTEREST - A PLAN OF MAJODA BUNGALOW WITH POLICEMAN`S NOTES relating to an infamous incident in New Quay, Ceredigion, of March 6th 1945; Captain Killic, a drinking pal of Dylan Thomas and a former Commando Officer on leave, shot his machine gun at the bungalow in which his friend and the poet`s family were residing. The incident resulted in a court-case in Lampeter and was covered by National newspapers. It was characterised in the biographical film `Edge of Love` (2008).¦¦According to `The Dylan Thomas Trail` by David Thomas (Y Lolfa) `...at about 10.40pm Dylan was standing in front of the fire place in the living room at Majoda, telling Caitlin and friends about his scuffle in the Black Lion with William Killic. In Ffynonnfeddyg next door, Killic had also returned from the pub and was retrieving a Sten gun and hand grenade from his store of weapons, intent on giving Dylan and his party a taste of war`. ¦¦It is believed that Captain Killic was seeking revenge for a complicated relationship that was ensuing with Dylan Thomas and the Captain`s wife Vera Killic.¦He had just returned from 18 months` service behind enemy lines in Greece with the Special Operations Executive to find tongues wagging about an affair between his wife, Vera, and Thomas, with whom Thomas had grown up. To add insult to injury, the Captain`s bank account was empty - plundered to support the Thomas` rackety lifestyle.¦¦The plan of the bungalow was commissioned by PC 21 Arthur Islwyn Williams, who was the local `Bobby` and whom investigated the incident. On the reverse of the plan are PC Williams` notes in pencil with his observations at the scene noting the bullet-holes and the final location of the bullets `2 holes in glass pane outside scullery window 4-9 above ground level, 2 B/Holes in asbestos partition.....In transom of same door......asbestos partition nr. rt of same door......on the door of bedroom No 2....lodged in the right jamb of same door.....about 29in from wall of bedroom No 2...ceiling of living room facing the sea I found an embedded bullet...In the ceiling directly in line with the front door I noticed 6 bullet holes in the shape of a horse shoe....`¦¦The plan is in good condition with a scale of 4 feet to one inch, measuring 48 x 42cms and is attributed bottom right to J Lewis-Evans FIAA Architecture and Surveyor, Aberystwyth, March 1945`, it has been folded into eight sections with two sections on the back inscribed with PC Williams` notes.¦¦Fortunately for Captain Killic he was acquitted of attempted murder at the subsequent trial. It is said that there was some sympathy in the local community for the former soldier who had seen active combat. To his friend and poet Vernon Watkins, Dylan Thomas wrote, `Caitlin and I go to bed under the bed`¦¦Provenance: directly from the son of PC Williams now ironically living in the old police house in New Quay¦

Guide price
£400 - £800

Hammer price £1,300.00