CHARACTER: Shed some light on Percy Toplis

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A new edition of a book first published in 1978 about Percy Toplis has just been published.

Toplis was a controversial figure, not least because he was named by the authorities as the leader of the Etaples mutiny by First World War British and Empire troops in 1917

The mutiny was suppressed after six days by bringing troops from the trenches.

The opening of military files would obviously clarify many aspects of this period in British Army history.

I remember speaking to someone in Tynemouth Station some while ago about Toplis and he was dismissed as ‘a deserter who deserved to be shot’.

I wonder, do any of your readers have access to further information regarding Toplis’ colourful career that might shed light on the matter?

Terry White

North Shields