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Eddie McNally
(ca. 1928 - ?) U.K.

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When he was 23-year-old, Eddie McNally met Peter Wildeblood, a royal correspondent for the Daily Mail newspaper, in Piccadilly Circus. He was a corporal in the RAF who worked in a hospital in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Although Eddie McNally was not Peter Wildeblood's type they developed a relationship over time. In the summer of 1952 they arranged to go on holiday together at Edward Montagu's beach hut in Dorset. John Reynolds, who was also an airman and a friend of Eddie McNally also joined them.

On Saturday, 9 January 1954 Peter Wildeblood was arrested at his home in Canonbury, Islington, and his house was searched. He was charged with conspiring with Edward Montagu and Michael Pitt-Rivers to incite Eddie McNally and John Reynolds to commit indecent acts. The police tipped off the press and the story was headlined in all the Sunday newspapers the next day. Eddie McNally and John Reynolds became witnesses for the prosecution. Kenneth Tynan stood bail for Peter Wildeblood.

Peter Wildeblood was a closet homosexual and like many gay men at that time, lived in secret as at that time homosexuality was against the law. However, it is the weekend at the estate of Lord Edward Montagu which eventually lead to a scandal which rocked modern Britain and led to a reconsideration, and the eventual decriminilisation of homosexuality.

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