Secret Terrorist Societies Unearthed – Lloyd’s News May 9th 1920

As Toplis made his getaway north, Lloyd’s Sunday News reported that Scotland Yard were making progress with their investigation into a number of alleged anarchist groups infiltrating the higher echelons of British civil society. Police believed a ‘special order’ had been given by the new Bolshevik leaders in Moscow to ‘foment unrest’ on British Soil…

Victor Grayson: The Curious Case of the Disappearing MP & the Etaples Mutiny

  In November 1916 former Colne Valley Socialist MP and would-be revolutionary Victor Grayson enlisted with the 1st Battalion Canterbury Infantry Regiment in New Zealand. On September 9th the following year, he and his regiment arrived at Etaples Camp just as riots were taking place by New Zealand and Scottish Troops. What part if any…

James Cullen – The Scottish Mutineer at Etaples

Unlike Percy Toplis, there is  no doubt whatsoever that Glasgow’s James Cullen took part in the Etaples Mutiny. We have his service records to thank for that, and his service records show that he was sentenced to one year imprisonment for refusing to obey orders at the time the riots at the camp broke out…

Detective & Secret Service Days – Edwin Woodhall

“Percy couldn’t have been at the Mutiny in Etaples because that month he was on the troopship, Orontes heading to India with his regiment”. Or so the story goes. It was used to undermine the whole pretext of John Fairley and William Allison’s book, The Monocled Mutineer and it’s been repeated by journalists ever since….

Widespread Search for the Tomintoul Fugitive – Monocled Mutineer

Aberdeen Journal Aberdeenshire, Scotland, June 4th 1920 Growing Belief He is Toplis. Aberdeenshire Minister’s Strange Story of a Lift No arrest has yet been made in connection with the Tomintoul shooting outrage, but the hue and cry has widely been circulated and the Police of Banffshire and Aberdeeshire are keeping a close watch on all…

The Mutiny at Etaples: Manchester Guardian, February 13th 1930

The article below doesn’t appear to have been seen for the best part of 90 years. Few, if any, historians have referred to it in their footnotes, and yet it remains one of the only  contemporary British press accounts of the Mutiny at Etaples, a chain of disturbances that broke out across the notorious base camp in…