Man holding shell fragments found in Girvan Terrace, off Throston Street in West Hartlepool
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WW1: Survivors recall Hartlepool naval bombardment

On the morning of 16 December 1914, the north-east shipping town of Hartlepool was bombarded by the German Navy during its first attack on the UK's home front during World War One.

During the 40-minute attack, 1,150 shells were fired, devastating large areas of the town. It left 130 people dead and hundreds more injured.

On the 100th anniversary, listen to archive recordings of survivors recalling the attack.

All images courtesy of Hartlepool Culture and Information. Audio courtesy of Teesside Archives and BBC Tees.

  • 11 Dec 2014