Does anybody know the origin of the word "Battlecrease"? I've never seen it recorded anywhere else.
There are a few houses called Battlecrease or "Battlecrease Hall" in England. I can't find anything in the OED that might explain what it means, but I have found an apparent reference in the Bhagavad Gita:
The Kuru refered to were warriors, so - in this context at least - it might suggest that a "battle crease" was some kind of military formation.
PS. Barrett also wrote an unpublished novel for children, "Danny the Dolphin." I remember the P.I. Grey beating him up over it, as it was supposedly an example of Mike's lack of writing skill. "It was %$$@# Mike! It was #@$%%!" I felt sorry for the guy.
I'll bet it was no worse than "Budgie The Little Helicopter".
Thanks. all, for the various suggestions as to the possible meaning of Battlecrease.
Come on folks, it's staring you in the face. 'Battlecrease' is an anagram
'Scalee Barett' - Barrett the Scally. The answer has been there all along, in scouse no less. Now the question we need to answer is, how did Mike Barrett manage to inveigle a clue to his own authorship into the name of a house that has existed since long before his birth, let alone his forgery?
And we still think he was just an untalented nobody? Come on, people! Dark forces are at work, wheels within wheels....