J H Williams “Elephant Bill”
Rupert Hart-Davis 1959. First edition.
Hardback; 145 x 225 mm; maroon cloth covers with silver stamped title to spine; 222 pages. Black and white photographs. Clipped dust jacket.
This book is in good condition. The dust jacket is quite scuffed along the edges especially on top of the spine. With a small tear to the dust jacket on the front, top left. Some minor foxing to the dust jacket but otherwise the binding is sound and the pages clean. The top edge also shows some foxing.
James Howard Williams, also known as Elephant Bill (1897 – 1958), was a British soldier and elephant expert in Burma, known for his work with the Fourteenth Army during the Burma Campaign in World War II, and for his 1950 book Elephant Bill. He was made a Lieutenant-Colonel, mentioned in dispatches three times, and was awarded the OBE in 1945.
In this book Elephant Bill tells the story of his transportation of a former circus Indian elephant, Big Charlie, from Butlin’s, Ayr, Scotland to Butlin’s, Filey, Yorkshire. It includes an account of Big Charlie from the time of his capture at the age of 5, and his mahout Shaik Ibrahim.