Wednesday September 11th 2013 Tim
Sometime in December 1910 three policemen were
shot dead by rifle fire during the investigation of a burglary. Some
have suggested the burglars were anarchists. By January 1911 two
suspects were holed up in 100 Sidney Street, and surrounded by unarmed
policemen. Home Secretary Winston Churchill ordered in military
units from the Scots Guards, and made the terrible mistake of himself
going down to Sidney Street so that he could both watch and interfere
and generally make a fool of himself.
reprimanded him for leaving the Office of the Home Secretary, which
Churchill's secretary pointed out had open the Home Secretary up to
criticism from every quarter including the popular press and songsters
everywhere. And in all the excitement, Churchill, in his reply to his
secretary, forgot to disguise his lisp. "Now Charlth, don't be croth.
It wath thuch fun." 100 Sidney Street gutted by fire, the two suspects and
one fireman were dead. And though I have not fully checked to make
certain, I do not believe the Scots Guards ever considered "The Siege
of Sidney Street" a battle honor.