The resilient Sir Percy knew an assault was on the cards, and had readied his defences. Unfortunately, his carefully prepared barricades fell with distressing speed. As the mob cornered the British in their last redoubt, Sir Percy writes: 'There were blows on the shutters protecting the registry windows, and some unidentified liquid began to pour through. We wondered if it was petrol. One of the girls tasted it and reassured us it was water.'
That, we suspect, was just before they used the rest of the girls to barricade the windows.Reuse content