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Memorial For Scarborough Victims Of 1914 German Bombardment

Memorial For Scarborough Victims Of 1914 German Bombardment

Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 16th December 2019.

The victims of the 1914 German bombardment of Scarborough will be remembered today.

It happened on this day (16th December) at 8am during World War One, resulting in the deaths of 18 people.

One of them was Leonard Ellis and a plaque has been made for him.

It will be unveiled at 8am on South Street, where he died.

Scarborough Bombardment Memorial  - Leonard Ellis plaque

The idea came about from Wayne Murray, founder of 'From Scardeburg to Scarborough' Social History Museum at the Market Vaults.

He said:

"Leonard Ellis was the first civilian killed on British soil in World War One in the German bombardment.

There were 18 people killed that day.

It's not a celebration, it's more of a remembrance than a celebration.

I think it's important that we don't forget the people who lost their lives in the bombardment; but then the boats went onto Hartlepool and Whitby, so there were more killed up there as well."

Scarborough Bombardment Memorial  - Leonard Ellis

Wayne explains what happened during the bombardment:

"There were two battleships crews in the North Sea, the Derfflinger and the Von der Tann.

One of them shelled Scarborough Castle and the other shelled the town.

But there was another ship called the Kolberg, which was laying mines all over the East Coast.

There was an Admiral Franz von Hipper and he was the one that brought the all the battleships out of the mist to shell the town."

Anyone interested in finding out more about 'From Scardeburg to Scarborough' Social History Museum, can visit: https://www.facebook.com/From-Scardeburg-To-Scarborough-1393094560834824/

 

 

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