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West Hartlepool Station

Opened 1880 and, on 16th December 1914, one of three North Eastern Railway stations to suffer from WW1 enemy naval bombardment

Region:
Co Durham
Red Wheel Site:
Yes
Transport Mode(s):
Rail
Address:

Lynn St

Hartlepool 

Postcode:
TS24 7ED
Visitor Centre:
No
Website:

About West Hartlepool Station

On 16 December 1914, an attack was made by the Imperial German Navy on the ports of ScarboroughHartlepoolWest Hartlepool and Whitby. The attack resulted in 592 casualties, many of them civilians, of whom 137 died. The attack caused public outrage towards the German Navy for the attack, and against the Royal Navy for its failure to prevent the raid.

During the Hartlepool bombardment West Hartlepool Station was damaged by a shell - the evidence of the repair is still visible on the wall at the east end of the disused platform

 

In respect of casualties among North East Railway employees, two were killed by the Hartlepool bombardment: George Dring, a docks mooringman, and William Sarginson, a shunter who died of his wounds on 4th January 1915. It's also noteworthy that Private Les D. Turner, one of the soldiers killed at the Heugh Battery, was an NER employee at Newcastle who had joined the Durham Pals in August 1914.

 

Langham, Rob, The North Eastern Railway in the First World War,  published by Fonthill Media (2013)

 

Photograph of 1914 bomb damage (c) Hartlepool Borough Council from the "Station Scrap Book"

Modern photographs (c) Transport Trust

 

 

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