A baby born around 100 years ago came into the world bearing the scars of the bombardment of Hartlepool.
A search of the Northern Daily Mail archives has uncovered some remarkable letters, last published in 1964. Each was written by a survivor of the Bombardment of Hartlepool and we have shared some of those memories in recent weeks.
We had no time to do anything more as the house was hit again and mother was fastened by her neck between the doors. I somehow got her freed and thus saved her life, for which opportunity I thank God!Mary Dickinson
Here is another vivid reminder of the most tragic day in Hartlepool’s history. It came from a Mrs Mary Dickinson, nee Wright, who recalled the effect the German shelling had on her family.
Her parents house “caught a shell and the bed mother had been sleeping in was hanging through the ceiling into the hall,” said her letter. “We had no time to do anything more as the house was hit again and mother was fastened by her neck between the doors.”
Mary told how she somehow managed to free her mother and saved her life, adding: “for which opportunity I thank God!
“We managed to go to a friend’s house and had to stay until mother felt stronger.
“My sister had strayed away and many and terrifying were her experiences before we found her again.”
Mary said her younger sister was born a few months after the attack and came into the world bearing the marks of the day when her mother was trapped by debris.
Yet amid the heartache, Mary had one glimmer of light.
She said: “Many were the kindnesses we received that day, and they have never been forgotten.”