A saviour for town’s wounded

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A HARTLEPOOL man survived the Bombardment of the town - and then turned hero by getting help for the injured.

We’re hoping to find relatives of George Wood Richardson whose role in the drama of December 16, 1914 can not be underestimated.

George was working at the Furness shipyard when he heard the guns booming on that fateful day.

He and his workmates thought it was the British attacking the German fleet.

But when he went out into the yard, he realised the truth was very different. There were wounded lying all around.

George, with the help of a work colleague, carried an injured boy on a stretcher, all the way to Cameron Hospital because Hartlepool Hospital could not cope with the number of casualties.

Soon after, Mr Richardson joined the Lincolnshire Regiment and went to war in France. It took its toll and the rigours of war left him exhausted.

The Northern Daily Mail carried a report on Mr Richradson fater an interview with him in 1964. It read: “He remembers returning from France via London. When he arrived in the English Capital, the biggest air raid of the war was taking place.

“But Mr Richardson had not experienced the comfort of a bed for months and he slept right through it without hearing a thing”.

It is yet another tale of the remarkable times that the people of Hartlepool faced in the First World War.

Mr Richardson was married to his wife Catherine in 1920. They had two sons, George and Wilfred.

Does anyone have memories of the hero of the Bombardment of Hartlepool.

Get in touch and share the memories.

Contact Chris Cordner by phoning (01429) 239377 or emailing chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk