Posted 21 January 2012 - 04:30 pm
I am reading 'To End All Wars- How The First World War Divided Britain' by Adam Hochschild , Macmillan 2011. There are not footnotes as such, but a list of 'sourcenotes' for each page at the end of the book.
The author discusses the formation of the British Workers League in March 1916, and states
"As in the fascist labour movements to come, several of the League's leaders were distinctly thuggish. Followers of one of them, Joseph Havelock Wilson of the National Saiors' and Firemen's Union, set fire to the office of an anti-war rival, with the man still inside. When he fled the fire, they tried to throw him back in." (page 178)
Sounds a horrific incident, but did it really happen? There are no details given, re date, location, were charges brought, and the incident is not referenced. Anyone heard of this taking place?