The crater which claimed the life of Irene Page
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Irene Page WW2 poison gas tragedy remembered 75 years on

A seven-year-old girl killed by poisonous gas after falling into a crater left by a World War Two bomb has been remembered 75 years on.

Irene Page, of Newcastle, died after being overcome by carbon monoxide that had filled the crater and claimed the lives of three people who tried to rescue her, including her 12-year-old neighbour, boy scout Ernest Smith.

A memorial service has been staged at the church nearest the site in the Battlefield area of the city. Megan Paterson reports.

  • 31 May 2016