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12:14pm Tuesday 10th March 2009
Mention the Great War of 1914-1919 and the first image that will probably come to mind for most people is of young men fighting in the trenches of France and Flanders, surviving appalling and inhuman conditions, only to be mown down by machine guns, blown to pieces by shells or die through sickness and wounds.
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This letter was dated 30th December 1914 and was hand-written by the then twenty-seven-year-old Gertrude Harrison to her cousin living in Toronto, Canada. Miss Harrison was born in 1887 and lived with her family at Calthorpe House on Victoria Road. Her father, Albert Prince Harrison was the owner of the mill on Mill Street (just off Victoria Road). 1914.
12:30pm Tuesday 10th March 2009
Units of the 5th Green Howards (the Yorkshire Regiment), fresh recruits, were used as stretcher bearers and tended to the injured on the Scarborough railway station platform. The Yorkshire Hussars, without artillery, were expected to defend the town with only two machine guns, rifles and bayonets.
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The account below was related by H. Bell. He and his family lived at 31 Belk Street at the time of the bombardment, and were greatly affected by the German attack. The following account was related by Mrs E. M. Murray, the daughter of Barney Hodgson, in reply to the above account.
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3:04pm Tuesday 10th March 2009
The town was devastated, and by the time the ships had turned about ready to steam home over a hundred men, women and children had been killed - including the first soldiers killed on British soil in the Great War. The death toll finally rose to 135.
3:35pm Tuesday 10th March 2009
This account was related by Edith M. Palmer (later Rochester). She was born in 1907 and was just seven years old at the time of the raid. Her mother was Margaret Palmer and they lived at 41 Cliff Street. The Cliff Street Girls’ and Infants’ School was opened in 1894.
3:38pm Tuesday 10th March 2009
This account was related by Harold Parkin. He was born in 1904 and was 10 years old at the time of the Whitby raid. The St Hilda’s Roman Catholic School was a mixed school on Spring Hill and was opened in 1874 under the administration of the Sisters of Mercy (whose convent was on Chubb Hill Road). They also administered St Patrick’s Roman Catholic School on Church Street.
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Whitby had been lightly defended by a single company of the Devonshire Cyclists who had been ordered to be on alert early that morning, but with no artillery they were unable to do anything to prevent the attack or to retaliate.
- Barnard Castle
- Bishop Auckland
- Crook & Weardale
- Durham City
- York & Harrogate
- Newton Aycliffe
- Richmond & The Dales
- Tyne & Wear
- Whitby & Scarborough