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HMS Patrol



16th Dec 1914 Hartlepools Bombarded by Enemy ships  

The Bombardment of the Hartlepools by the German Navy was intended to damage ship building and engineering works in Hartlepool.

German ships, the Seydlitz, Moltke and Blucher were 3 miles off shore flying British Flags, they then changed to German flags and fired on the town just after 8 o’clock in the morning.

Private Theophilus Jones was the first soldier to be killed on British soil during World War One.

The Lighthouse Battery gun hit the Blucher killing nine sailors and damaging the ship and two of its guns. The Captains at the Heugh were awarded the very first pair of Military Medals.

In Victoria dock, a submarine and two light cruisers, tried to attack the German ships but the submarine was hit as soon as it came out of the harbour, blocking the other ships. The cruiser HMS Patrol, based at Hartlepool, put to sea but was holed and just managed to reach safety in the Tees. 4 of the crew died and 7 were injured.

That night 3 trawlers sank with heavy loss of life after striking mines laid by the attacking cruisers.

The first civilian to be killed on British soil in the First World War was Hilda Horsley, she was seventeen and worked as a tailoress. She was on her way to work when she was killed by a shell. Thirty four children under the age of sixteen were killed in the attack. The Dixon family lost three children.

As more shells were fired on Hartlepool, the people gathered in Ward Jackson Park and the villages of Hart, Elwick & Dalton Piercy. The attack took only forty minutes, but four hundred people were wounded and one hundred and twenty seven people were killed including nine soldiers of 18th DLI who were manning the trenches on the sea front and guarding the docks, engineers works and railway lines.

After the bombardment the men of the 18th DLI were sent to the Borough Hall and detailed into rescue parties, stretcher bearers and guards.

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Those known to have served in

HMS Patrol

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Bruce . Capt.
  • Collins Reg.
  • Cummings Ernest Charles. Able Seaman.
  • Hook R. W.. Ldg Seaman. (d.16th Dec 1914)
  • Martin G. C.. (d.16th Dec 1914)
  • Sheridan P. James. ERA 1st Class. (d.16th Dec 1914)

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Dawn Raid: Bombardment of the Hartlepools

J M Ward


An excellent account of the naval bombardment on the 16th of December 1914.
Guns of the Northeast: Coastal Defences from the Tyne to the Humber

Joe Foster


A detailed study of the coastal defences of North East England, including accounts of the bombardment of the East coast in 1914, with many excellent photgraphs and diagrams.
Bombardment: The Day the East Coast Bled

Mark Marsay


A well researched book with many personal accounts of the events of the 16th of December 1914




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