Percy Toplis was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, on August 22nd 1896 and died, shot dead while on the run, on June 6th 1920. Accused of murder (1920), he was to be the first person in modern English history to be found guilty in his absence by inquest. he had his tongue cut out before burial, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Penrith's Beacon Edge Cemetery on June the 9th. See more »
Whether the events portrayed at Passchendale are true or not exactly accurate,this is still moving and emotive drama.Maybe useful as a training manual on how not to treat recruits, as bullying and brutality can still raise their ugly heads.Everyone has a breaking point and rather than instilling pride the Redcaps degraded and abused to the extent the soldiers were stripped of their dignity and had nothing to lose in mutiny.The drama certainly gets the viewer on the side of Percy Topliss,i was urging his escape from the pernicious official Woodhall.Whether mutiny jeopardised the allied cause,the underlying themes showed the complexity of the situation and how discipline stretched to inhumanity can backfire.
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