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#1 Post by M&M » Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:57 pm

M and I went out for our second trip yesterday and were a bit more successful, another 7 collected!

Looking through some of the books got me thinking. The one resounding memory I have when I used to look through the books with my Dad was flicking straight to the back page to see if Kilroy had been, he seemed to have been to every box, it was always a bit special when I found one he hadn't been to!

Anyway, he was still there in some of yesterdays books and I just wondered if anyone knew of the man or had any stories to tell!

After a while of boxing with my Dad I do remember someone had a stamp with 'Oh what glee oh what joy I was here before Kilroy'! That still brings a smile to my face!

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#2 Post by Freemans of the Moor » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:11 am

We have always held the opinion that "Kilroy" is Ian Kirkpatrick of the Dartmoor Bounders. He always stamps the bottom right hand corner of the visitors book. We were told, when we used to stamp the back page to leave that area clear for Ian.

Checking the back page makes it quicker to see if you have already had the stamp before.

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#3 Post by Sowerby Streaker » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:45 am

Yes I also think its Ian - someone has even had a stamp made which says - 'This space reserved for Kilroy' with a box underneath for his stamp. :roll:

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#4 Post by Nik - KOTM » Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:50 pm

I can confirm your suspicions - it is Ian Kirkpatrick - though back in the day it was always a race to get into the back of the book
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#5 Post by Tamerton Chocolates » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:51 am

They must have a rather impressive collection of stamps .. it is the only name that is almost always present in the boxes I find (either KilRoy or their round Dartmoor bounders stamps)

There are a few other regulars but nothing even comes close to him / them

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#6 Post by Box Hunter » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:24 pm

I also remember finding a lot of boxes with a 1 penny stamp inside the back cover. Thought that was a great idea. I haven't come across any boxes with this since I started again this year. Does anyone know who that is/was, and whether they are still around?
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#7 Post by Sowerby Streaker » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:10 pm

Yep, that was Richard Howse - he put loads of boxes out, 'Notice' 'Moor Box' and loads of 'Stake' boxes as well as some very nice sets. He hasn't boxed for a few years, but has sited some new boxes and he has recently met up with some of the older boxers including Godfrey Swinscow for a re-union.

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#8 Post by Box Hunter » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:33 pm

Oh yes, I recognise the name and remember coming across some of his boxes, especially quite a lot of the stakes.
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#9 Post by Gemma » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:06 pm

Box Hunter wrote:Oh yes, I recognise the name and remember coming across some of his boxes, especially quite a lot of the stakes.
Yep did lots of Richards Stake Series & other series also. Did bump into him once out on the Moor... Was a while back.
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#10 Post by MnM » Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:33 pm

Hmmmm not too sure about the name guys

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#11 Post by Sowerby Streaker » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:26 pm

:?: Which name :roll:

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#12 Post by Nik - KOTM » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:06 pm

Didn't he do the "Tops of Dartmoor" series as well?
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#13 Post by trekkernod » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:40 am

Tops Of Dartmoor are put out by Saltash Stamper.
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#14 Post by The Sly Fox » Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:27 pm

Tamerton Chocolates wrote:They must have a rather impressive collection of stamps .. it is the only name that is almost always present in the boxes I find (either KilRoy or their round Dartmoor bounders stamps)

There are a few other regulars but nothing even comes close to him / them
I can remember seeing loads of regulars that equal Kilroy:

Diptford Letterbox Hounds
Hagar Dave
Where the Hand of Man Hath Never Trod
Spiderman
Eggbuckland Poachers
Norfolk Dumplings

... just to name a few.

I think Kilroy stood out because of the siting of his penny stamp and visitors book placement. These folks must have found over one hundred thousand boxes between them.
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#15 Post by teignexplorer2 » Sat Nov 01, 2014 2:40 pm

I remember someone back in the day having "I beat Kilroy" stamp thought that was ace!!

Chris Kelland (Legends of Dartmoor) was another famous one along with Hising Sid and John (Jaid).

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