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TITLE
The Invergordon Mutiny (2 of 2)
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFR_SYDATKINSON_02
PLACENAME
Invergordon
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Rosskeen
DATE OF RECORDING
1991
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Syd Atkinson
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
ASSET ID
1792
KEYWORDS
mutinies
strikes
audio

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The Invergordon Mutiny took place in September 1931. It was an industrial action taken by Royal Navy sailors over government pay cuts; one of the few military strikes in British history. In this audio extract, Syd Atkinson relates the story of the mutiny. The extract is from Moray Firth Radio's 'Recollections' series, transmitted in 1991.

'On the Wednesday evening, Captain Bellairs, he was the skipper of the 'Rodney', he got his crew together and he told them that the Admiralty had promised that they would consider cases of hardship, and he promised that he would do his best for his men. The men realised they wouldn't have any chance of stating their case while they were at sea, or much support if they were up in Invergordon. They'd be better off in their home ports where they could let the public know about their grievances. So they gave Captain Bellairs a cheer and they said 'Right, we'll do what you say.' There was just one man refused to return to duty and he was placed under arrest. Similar sort of things took place on the 'Dorchester' and the 'Exeter' and the 'Norfolk' and the 'Adventure'. And so the Invergordon Mutiny was over.

At eleven o'clock on Wednesday evening, the 16th September, the ships weighed anchor and they left Invergordon to go back to their home ports. The Admiralty, of course, held an enquiry and there was a court martial. Twenty-four men actually were subsequently discharged from the navy. The leader of the mutiny was a man called Len Wincott. He was of course discharged and immediately left Britain and went to live in Moscow. And within a month, the Admiralty had revised the pay cuts and instead of losing twenty-five percent the new scales for ratings showed a cut of only about ten percent. The local news for Easter Ross in the issue of the 'Highland News' for the 26th September, 1931 reads, 'Large lorry loads of beer which were to be used during the fleet's stay at Invergordon have been returned by rail from the naval canteen and local hotels. It is hoped locally that the fleet, and also the beer, will make an early return'

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The Invergordon Mutiny (2 of 2)

ROSS: Rosskeen

1990s

mutinies; strikes; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Invergordon Mutiny

The Invergordon Mutiny took place in September 1931. It was an industrial action taken by Royal Navy sailors over government pay cuts; one of the few military strikes in British history. In this audio extract, Syd Atkinson relates the story of the mutiny. The extract is from Moray Firth Radio's 'Recollections' series, transmitted in 1991.<br /> <br /> 'On the Wednesday evening, Captain Bellairs, he was the skipper of the 'Rodney', he got his crew together and he told them that the Admiralty had promised that they would consider cases of hardship, and he promised that he would do his best for his men. The men realised they wouldn't have any chance of stating their case while they were at sea, or much support if they were up in Invergordon. They'd be better off in their home ports where they could let the public know about their grievances. So they gave Captain Bellairs a cheer and they said 'Right, we'll do what you say.' There was just one man refused to return to duty and he was placed under arrest. Similar sort of things took place on the 'Dorchester' and the 'Exeter' and the 'Norfolk' and the 'Adventure'. And so the Invergordon Mutiny was over. <br /> <br /> At eleven o'clock on Wednesday evening, the 16th September, the ships weighed anchor and they left Invergordon to go back to their home ports. The Admiralty, of course, held an enquiry and there was a court martial. Twenty-four men actually were subsequently discharged from the navy. The leader of the mutiny was a man called Len Wincott. He was of course discharged and immediately left Britain and went to live in Moscow. And within a month, the Admiralty had revised the pay cuts and instead of losing twenty-five percent the new scales for ratings showed a cut of only about ten percent. The local news for Easter Ross in the issue of the 'Highland News' for the 26th September, 1931 reads, 'Large lorry loads of beer which were to be used during the fleet's stay at Invergordon have been returned by rail from the naval canteen and local hotels. It is hoped locally that the fleet, and also the beer, will make an early return'