ONCE upon a savage sea,
Came a fleet of warships three.
Early morn on coastal head,
Brought the veil of hell to spread.
Salvos struck with deadly might,
Killing homes with cursed spite.
All who stood and weathered shell,
Died defiant where they fell.
Coastal towns along the North East,
Took this onslaught just unleashed.
Hartlepool its first to anger,
From the deadly cloak and dagger.
Many lives were lost this day,
As war descended dark and grey.
And those who fought to thwart the “Hun”,
Stood their ground by battered gun.
Then grant, O Lord, their memory treasure,
For theirs is truly valiant measure.
They stood and fought, those gallant few,
Defiant on the Battery Heugh.
Remember then with fervent pride,
Those local lads who fought and died.
And tell the world that on this day,
We sent the enemy on his way.
D G Dickenson,