The aftermath of the Bombardment.

Hartlepool remembers devastating First World War Bombardment

This weekend marks the anniversary of the most devastating day in the modern history of Hartlepool.

Sunday, December 16, marks 104 years since the Bombardment of the Hartlepools. Here's what happened and how it will be remembered this weekend. Further details of this weekend's tribute are available here.

The Bombardment of the Hartlepools, so known because the town was divided in two a century ago, took place on December 16, 1914, at 8.10am.

1. When did the Bombardment of the Hartlepools take place?

The Bombardment of the Hartlepools, so known because the town was divided in two a century ago, took place on December 16, 1914, at 8.10am.
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More than 127 people died and 400-plus were injured after three German battle cruisers used morning fog as a cover to fire on both West Hartlepool and the Headland.

2. How devastating was it?

More than 127 people died and 400-plus were injured after three German battle cruisers used morning fog as a cover to fire on both West Hartlepool and the Headland.
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The exact number of fatalities is still unclear because many of those injured would later die after failing to recover from their wounds.

3. Poignant tribute

The exact number of fatalities is still unclear because many of those injured would later die after failing to recover from their wounds.
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Teacher Private Theo Jones, 29, of Ashgrove Avenue, West Hartlepool, became the first casualty to be killed on the British mainland during the First World War during the shelling of the Heugh Battery.

4. Unwanted place in history

Teacher Private Theo Jones, 29, of Ashgrove Avenue, West Hartlepool, became the first casualty to be killed on the British mainland during the First World War during the shelling of the Heugh Battery.
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