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William Cross: The Abergavenny Witch Hunt

William Cross: The Abergavenny Witch Hunt

An Account of the Prosecution of Over Twenty Homosexuals in a Small Welsh Town in 1942. UK 2014, 250 pp., brochure,  24.95
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In 1942, the Welsh town of Abergavenny was scandalised by disclosures after the arrest of over twenty youths and men on charges relating to homosexual activity and corrupting boys. George Rowe, the 40-year-old manager of Abergavenny's Coliseum cinema was at the centre of a Police enquiry after one of the page-boys complained about being molested. The boy's complaint turned into a witch-hunt of »queers« across Britain revealing a oddball mix of abused and abusers - a farmer, a clerk, two chefs, a fireman, several serving soldiers, a hairdresser, an actor and others were arrested and brought back to Abergavenny, where almost all the offences were committed. Before the case reached a judge, three men attempted suicide, one young man succeeded in taking his own life. In the years that followed rumours persisted that several people had got away scot-free, including one notable public figure. Others went on the run to escape capture and disgrace, since all homosexuality was illegal in Britain until the changes started by the Sexual Offences Act, 1967.
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