My history hero: Christopher Clayton Hutton (1893–1965)

Chosen by Dennis Wheatley, BBC History Magazine reader

Christopher Clayton Hutton smuggled everything from currency to forged ID discs into German PoW camps. (Public domain)

This article was first published in the January 2011 edition of BBC History Magazine

Christopher Clayton Hutton, known as ‘Clutty’, was born in Birmingham in 1893. Fascinated by escapology as a young man, he challenged Houdini to escape from a box built by one of his uncle’s carpenters. Houdini succeeded, but only by bribing the carpenter.

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