Air Marshal Sir Beresford Peter Torrington Horsley's WIB Encounter
Horsley’s claim to fame is that, in late 1954, he had a face to face encounter with a human looking alien who went by the memorable and mysterious name of Mr. Janus.
The very strange affair began when Horsley learned of the Duke of Edinburgh’s fascination with the complexities of the UFO puzzle.
According to Horsley: The Duke was quite interested. As always his mind was open. He agreed I should do a study on the subject in my spare time, as long as I kept it in perspective and didn’t bring the Palace into disrepute. He didn’t want to see headlines about him believing in little green men.
With typical British understatement, Horsley said: At the end of my tour at the Palace, I had a very strange experience, To say the least.
Sir Arthur Barratt, who worked at Buckingham Palace, as Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State, introduced Horsley to a certain General Martin, who, in turn, put him in touch with a mysterious Mrs. Markham. Interestingly, the English researchers Dr. David Clarke and Andy Roberts learned from Horsley that General Martin believed UFOs were visitors from an alien civilization which wanted to warn us of the dangers posed by atomic war.
According to Horsley, it was Mrs. Markham who told him, in an earlier meeting, which will be described shortly, to turn up at a particular apartment in London’s Chelsea district on a specific evening, where he would meet a stranger: the aforementioned Mr. Janus.
Allegedly, the apartment, on Smith Street, was the home of Mrs. Markham, although, as we’ll see, there are solid reasons to believe Mrs. Markham had far stranger origins and dwellings than London, England.
Nevertheless, she reportedly sat in on the conversation between Horsley and Mr. Janus, albeit without uttering even a single, solitary word.
Horsley said of his chat with the man that: Janus was there, sitting by the fire in a deep chair.
He asked: What is your interest in flying saucers?
We talked for hours about traveling in space and time. I don’t know what or who he was. He didn’t say he was a visitor from another planet but I had that impression. I believe he was here to observe us. I never saw him again. I have no qualms about the reaction to my experience with Mr. Janus.
Rather disturbingly, and echoing the claims of so many of the Contactees that the Space Brothers were concerned by our ever growing nuclear arsenals.
UFO investigator Timothy Good says: In my second and last meeting with Sir Peter Horsley at his home in 2000, he revealed that, in addition to being disturbed by the realization that Janus was reading his mind, he was even more disturbed by the fact that this extraordinary man knew all Britain’s top secret nuclear secrets.
In light of what Mr. Janus knew, is it possible that this bizarre episode was actually part of some state sponsored operation designed to ascertain the nature of Sir Peter’s character and his loyalty to the country? This particularly novel and thought provoking theory was most assuredly on the minds of researchers Clarke and Roberts, who asked Horsley if he considered it feasible that he had been set up by MI5 to test his vulnerability.
Horsley provided the pair with an adamant, No.
Right up until his death in 2001, Horsley’s position on the overwhelmingly weird experience was rock solid: I don’t care what people think, it was what happened. I would say they come from another planet somewhere in the universe but not in our galaxy. They are benign, not aggressive and, like us, are explorers.
All of this brings us back to Brian Kinnersley, who says that, in 1955, an MI5 investigation of Sir Peter Horsley’s claims began. It was a small scale operation comprised of just Kinnersley’s grandfather and three other individuals. It lasted for, at most, two or three weeks.
According to Kinnersley, various scenarios were looked at, such as the possibility that this was some sort of alternative and ingenious Soviet ruse to try and uncover British defense secrets of an atomic nature. The idea that it may have been an American, rather than a Russian, operation was also addressed. Despite intensive digging, nothing solid, or even vague, surfaced that might have suggested Mr. Janus was not an alien, but a player with one of the super powers instead, who was using a UFO themed cover to try and secure British state secrets.
This led MI5 to then consider the most incredible scenario possible: that Mr. Janus was, indeed, an extraterrestrial visitor after all, one who was deeply concerned by the possibility that the human race was on the verge of exterminating itself.
Brian Kinnersley’s grandfather had extensive meetings with Sir Peter, during which the latter related something very intriguing. It focused on the aforementioned Mrs. Markham, described by Horsley himself as enigmatic and who was responsible for arranging the historic meeting between Horsley and Janus. Horsley apparently had a very good reason for describing the mysterious woman as an enigma. According to MI5’s records, Horsley stated that he had his deep suspicions Mrs. Markham was a human looking alien, too. Based on what is about to be revealed, you may very well agree.
Late one February 1955 evening, in the confines of a plush, elite club near Whitehall, London, Horsley described to Kinnersley’s grandfather the process by which he came to encounter Mrs. Markham.
It went like this:
Sir Arthur Barratt, a Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State at Buckingham Palace, knew of the Duke of Edinburgh’s interest in flying saucers. And, so, when he learned that the duke had urged Horsley to quietly investigate the UFO controversy, Barratt referred Horsley to an American Air Force general whose last name was Martin. Barratt, apparently had come to know Martin in 1953 and learned that he worked in the UK, with a NATO contingent, at a military base in Suffolk, England. Horsley stressed there was nothing even remotely alien about General Martin. But that could most definitely not be said about Mrs. Markham, not at all.
MI5 continued to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Brian Kinnersley was told by his grandfather that General Martin claimed to know something astonishing and not a little disturbing. In fact, it was highly disturbing. The general quietly informed Sir Peter, as they sat in the latter’s home and sipped fine brandy, that nothing less than a race of extremely human looking aliens were among us, and in most of the leading nations on the planet, no less. It was a case of outright alien infiltration, said General Martin, who added that, within the Pentagon, people were in two minds as to whether this was a benevolent infiltration or something that was soon destined to mutate into something very dark. It was clear to Martin’s sources that the aliens were particularly concerned by our atomic arsenals. But, whether that concern was for us, or for the planet itself, which some Pentagon high ups suspected the ETs might want to claim as their own, was a matter of deep and, occasionally, furious debate. All of this brings us to Mrs. Markham.