26 January 2021
War Hero or Murderer?
Attributed to the Nottingham Evening Post
A talk by Paul Stickler
In 1917, Percy Toplis is alleged to have been involved in a mutiny among allied troops just ahead of the Battle of Passchendaele.
Two years later, suspected of a series of robberies and a murder, the hunt for the fugitive ends when he is shot dead by police near Penrith, Cumbria.
In the aftermath, questions were raised about the justification of Percy’s death. Hear the evidence for you to decide: war hero or murderer?