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Where the Germans Committed-Wilful Murder" of … English Women and Children: Unfortified Scarborough

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At the inquest on seven of the seventeen civilians, including women and children, killed by the German bombardment of Scarborough, the jury wished to bring in a verdict of “Wilful Murder,” but the Coroner pointed out that in that case he would have to bind over some person to prosecute, and as there was no one amenau to the charge, nothing would be gained by returning such a verdict against the commander of the German vessels. The wording was accordingly altered to ” killed by the bombardment of the town by an enemy hP.” ” Wilful murder,” however, represents the opinion of Scarborough, and of the civilised world generally. The chief coastguard at Scarborough stated in his evidence that when Wlti ” -‘-ked out of his house and saw the walls of the Castle tumbling down.

About two minutes later he saw two large cruisers come in sigh bardment lasted about forty minutes. Replying to a suggestion that the Castle returned the fire, he said: ” It could not do so : it has 5oo to 6oo yards from the shore, and that 5oo she ref ur drawing, looking towards I, shows in the up e the foreground shells are striking rjht of an comprising a restaur ce. O


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