Whitechapel anarchists (with Phil Ruff, author of ‘Peter the Painter’ and Martin Wright) commemorate the death of 2 Latvians at the siege of Sidney Street, Stepney, on 3 January 1911.The siege involved the then Home Secretary Winston Churchill, around 700 Police officers and a detachment of Scots Guards. The siege followed a failed burglary at H.S. Harris Jeweller’s in Houndsditch on 16th December 1910, where three police officers were shot dead and two were left disabled. Two Latvians revolutionaries (Fritz Svaars and William Sokolow ) involved in the burglary were tracked to Sidney Street where both were shot after the seven hour siege. The incident has become part of East End folklore.
FILMS: The Siege of Sidney Street – 100th Anniversary Commemoration ; The Siege of Sidney Street (2007 – Bill Fishman and Stella Rimmington) ; The Siege of Sidney Street (1960 – feature film) ; Peter the Painter – parts 1-3 (Phil Ruff and Ian Bone)