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The German Bombardment of Hartlepool: An Attack Which Missed Its Main Target and Killed Many Civilians

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SHOWING SHELLS FALLING ON THE BATTERY AT END OF THE PIER: THE BOMBARDMENT OF HARTLEPOOL BY GERMAN WAR-SHIPS ON DECEMBER 16.

Mr. Norman Wilkinson’s drawing shows the bombardment of Hartlepool by the German war-ships, which […] 6 . Shells are seen falling on the end of the pier, where, inside the railings and close to the lighthouse, is the battery that forms Hartlepoo’s tiy the Germanattack. Atthis point casualties occurred among the troops, hut the battery itself was missed. The house on the left in the d the beginning of that quarte of the town which suffeted most severely from the German shells. Our artist was courteously supplied on Carew, who watc from his windows, the wvhole bombardment of Hartlepool. He said that the Geran Ships t s T tatement of the V17th said: “The ships appeared to be wo battle-cruisers and one ar

enemy. At 8.5o the firing ceased, and the enemy steamed away. None of our guns were touched. One shell fell in the R.E. line and several in the lines of the 18th (Service) Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. The casualties among the troops amounted to 7 killed and 14 wounded.” Some further casualties were announced later It was reported on the 21st that the death-roll at Hartlepool then amounted to 98. It was feared that it would eventually exceed too, as several of those in ispsi had bee, mnjured very seriousl led were civilians, including many women and children. Lord Kitchener has commended the calmness and a -e of pani the troops ai.d the civil popul~ho I. of Scarborough, Mr. C 11,tll said : “We admire the dignity and f titude with which S ugh i. the :artt,-ools have coe.tro:ned the old tow artleo I A distinct from the more modern West ‘


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