A gang of heavily armed robbers in August 1963 snatched a whooping £2.6 million pounds from a Royal Mail train heading to London from Glasgow but that wasn’t news, actually.
Image: Bruce Reynolds
During the ill-fated robbery, Jack Mills, who was the train driver, got beaten black and blue with metal bars which injured him badly enough to end his “locomotive ride” career.
Eventually, the armed robbers were caught at a nearby farmland shortly after that incident and confessional statements led to further arrests. The ringleaders who masterminded that infamous attack bagged 30 years in prison. The “chief train robber” Ronnie Biggs escaped justice.
Image shows Jack Mills who sustained serious injuries during the robbery
Reports confirm Briggs spent the next 30 years of his life in Brazil until sickness forced him back to Britain, where cure for the ailment was assured. He finally spent 8 years in prison and was pardoned in July 2009 on passionate grounds.
In December 2013, Briggs died at the age of 84.
Bruce Reynolds was identified as the mastermind of the “Great Train Robbery.” Altogether, he had 16 accomplices and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He died at the age of 81 in 2013.
Image shows Reynolds, left, with his wife Frances, Barbara Daly and her husband, John
According to the Daily Mail, Reynolds was nicknamed Napoleon.
He purchased his shoes at Lobb as at that time, his shirts from Jermyn Street, and his suits in Savile Row and was considered as the inspiration for Michael Caine’s 1965 depiction of fictional spy Harry Palmer in the film The Ipcress File.
Reynolds used a series of aliases and a false passport after the robbery. He escaped to Mexico and later traveled to Canada, spending a total of 5 years on the run with his wife and young son. The family returned to Britain after exhausting their cash.