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date: 23 October 2019

Toplis, (Francis) Percy [called the Monocled Mutineer]locked

(1896–1920)
  • Richard Davenport-Hines

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Toplis, (Francis) Percy [called the Monocled Mutineer] (1896–1920), confidence trickster and supposed mutineer, was born on 22 August 1896 at Sanforth Street, Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the son of Herbert Toplis, assurance collector, and his wife, Rejoice Elizabeth Webster. In 1908, at the age of eleven, he tricked a clothier into giving him two suits on approval, and pawned one for ...

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