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Bombardment of Hartlepool

Town shelled by German Navy in December 1914

From: 1914-Dec-16

Civil Parish: Hartlepool

Hartlepool was the first place on mainland Britain to be bombed by the Germans.

Over 100 people died as more than 1,000 shells rained down on the town for about 40 minutes from the three heavy cruisers Blucher, Seydlitz and Moltke which emerged from the mist shortly after 8am on 16 December 1914. Amongst the casualties was Theo Jones, the first soldier to die on British soil in the Great War.

Where to find out more about this event:

BBC News Tees 16 December 2014
WW1: When Germany bombarded Hartlepool

Hartlepool Mail 16 December 2014
‘They behaved like soldiers’ – Hartlepool remembers its Bombardment victims

This is Hartlepool

Remembering Our War: Tees Valley Commemorates 1914-1918

Western Front Association

Hartlepool History Then & Now – The Bombardment

Contributed by Durham County Record Office