This needs to brought to the attention of all veterans, their families and all ex forces personnel. King & Country are selling a model with Jim's name and his Arnhem story attached to it without permission of the family. I have been communicating with them to get all reference to Jim removed from the item. The details being used are those posted by me on various sites over the years of research to establish what happened to him. It should be noted that his story was not known in such detail until the research started. So far King & Country have removed the details from their UK sales site, but not from their main site in Hong Kong ... http://www.kingandcountry.com/sergeant-sharrock-glider-pilo… There are also models still being sold as Jim on e-bay. So far UK based e-bay sellers have changed the description on the sale item, but have not replied to messages, or to my request to let me know where on the model the details are, ie: on the model itself or are they in or on its packaging. Their standard response is to change the details that appear on the internet, but they do not reply in writing with a commitment to not sell it with Jim's details. As a family we need assurance that no model will be sold with Jim's name and details from now on. The international e-bay seller site has not responded or changed the details. Once again this is a common theme! http://www.ebay.co.uk/…/King-Country-Sergeant…/351512217535… I have not had a reply from my last mail to the 'Co-founder & Creative Director' Andy C. Neilson and had to find out that the UK site description had been changed via a friend. My mails to them and their replies are here for you all to make your own judgement. Please feel free to share this on any and all sites you feel appropriate... 12.10.2015... MG61(P) Sgt Jim Sharrock (Glider Pilot Regt) Dear sirs, I am a relative of Jim Sharrock and am writing on behalf of the family, including his next of kin, to ask that you remove his details from the description of the above item. You have not sought our permission to use these details on your products and the doll bears no resemblance to him whatsoever. This is a gross misuse of his sad story and it is inappropriate that you are using his name in an effort to add authenticity to your models to increase sales. Jim was a young mill worker who had to work incredibly hard to become a glider pilot and we know as a family that he would have been extremely proud to have achieved something that many men could not. I find it disgusting that you use the details, without permission, of a soldier who died so young and so tragically. You should either make anonymous models for your sole profit or make them with relevant family consent and donate some of the profit to an appropriate charity. I hope that you will comply with our request, to remove Jim’s name and details, so that this matter can end now and save us all the time and energy a long campaign will entail, but be assured that we will take this further if Jim's name is not removed. Regards, Parnel Seabrook. .................................................................................................. 13.10.2015 Hi Parnel Thanks for your e mail, I have forwarded it onto my colleague, Andy Neilson Co Founder of King & Country in Hong Kong for clarification. I am sure you will receive a reply shortly. Best Regards Mike Neville Director King & Country UK ................................ 13.10.2015 Dear Parnel Seabrook, Mr. Mike Neville of King & Country UK has passed on to me your email of 12 October concerning the representation of Sgt. Sharrock as part of our “Operation Market Garden” series of military miniatures depicting the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. If I may, allow me to provide you with some background information as to why we chose to depict Sgt. Sharrock as part of this particular range. Back in 2008, after a King & Country Collectors Meeting in London at which two very highly decorated Glider Pilot veterans spoke I was approached by an elderly gentleman who introduced himself as a relative of another glider pilot who had lost his life during the Battle of Arnhem. The gentleman concerned asked if our company ever “portrayed in miniature” any actual participants of any of the battles and campaigns we featured in our many different historical series. I was happy to reply that we did...and that we tried to portray not only the famous leaders and generals but also the ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen who fought and died in these wars and struggles. At that point he told me of his relative, Sgt. Sharrock who had flown his glider into Arnhem but, alas, had not survived the epic, doomed battle. He also suggested that, down the line, if K&C ever produced another Glider Pilot Regiment figure we might like to remember Jim Sharrock. I thanked him for his suggestion and requested that if he had any other details he could forward them to me when I returned to Hong Kong the following week. This the gentleman did some time later. Over the next few years our paths would occasionally cross at the London Toy Soldier Show and the gentleman would always ask, “How’s that Glider Pilot figure coming on..?” Alas it was not until earlier this year that we eventually got around to making another Glider Pilot figure and I duly remembered that we should sculpt and make “Sgt. Jim Sharrock” which we did. As with all figures representing real unsung British heroes of the Second World War we make a substantial donation to one of several British service charities in their memory. In Sgt. Sharrock’s particular case...we chose The Royal British Legion. Let me assure you it was never, ever King & Country’s intention to upset or annoy Sgt. Sharrock’s family in any way whatsoever. Our wish was simply to honor, in our own small way, a man who achieved much in his short life and deserved his memory and service to be known by a wider and respectful audience of military soldier collectors. Please accept my apology for any distress this may have caused to anyone of Sgt. Sharrock’s living family. I hope and trust however that my explanation goes some way to providing you with the reasons for our company making the figure itself. Should you wish to discuss this matter further please supply me with your telephone number and I will be happy to call you personally. Thankyou in advance and sincerely yours, Andy C. Neilson Co-founder & Creative Director King & Country ................................................................................................. 13.10.2015 Dear Mr. Neilson, I think, for the time being I would prefer to keep any communication via e-mails, but would appreciate your telling the family who this person was so that we can confirm if he was actually a family member. Regards, Parnel Seabrook. .................................................................................................. 14.10.2015 Dear Parnell Seabrook, Many thanks for your prompt reply to my email to you. Just as you are a wee bit hesitant to either speak to me personally or put me in direct communication with the Sharrock family I am similarly hesitant to give out the name of anyone else concerned as I also want to avoid any kind of family 'rift' over this issue. All I would say is that it seems strange that someone NOT connected with the family would specifically want or suggest that we make a figure of the Sergeant..? With best wishes, Andy C. Neilson. ................................................................................................. 14.10.2015 Dear Mr Neilson, You are in contact with the Sharrock family, they are my family, our response to your mails is as a family. There is no point in talking over the phone to one person, because no one person will give you the approval you seem to be seeking without us all agreeing. I can assure you that there will not be a rift if this is genuinely a family member, especially one of the older generation, but, genuine or not, he is not Jim’s next of kin. The main point we want an answer to is will you now remove any reference to Jim because that figure is not of Jim Sharrock. Not only is it offensive to us as his family, but also it is a false description of your product from a consumer point of view. If you really must sell the figure, do so as a generic Glider Pilot and let the buyer decide who they want it to be. I do hope we can now get a straight answer to our simple question to avoid taking this any further.. Will you remove any reference to Jim Sharrock? Regards, Parnel Seabrook.