‘Exciting’ news: the Germans are proud of attacking undefended women and children

The war came to British soil when there was an air raid on the east coast. William Hallam and Florence Vansittart Neale were appalled.

16 December 1914

William Hallam
It was a most exciting day today about the German naval raid on the East coast. I went along to Bath Rd Reading Room late tonight to see the latest telegrams.

Florence Vansittart Neale
German raid on Scarborough! Whitby & Hartlepool, killing many women & children – undefended towns & [homes?]!!! Proud of their feat!!

The Sisters of the Community of St John Baptist at Clewer also noted the news:

Kept as day of prayer instead of Friday 18th. The Germans made a raid on east coast, bombarding Scarborough, Whitby, & Hartlepool about 8 a.m. until a little before 9 a.m., & doing much damage.

Diaries of William Hallam (D/EX1415/22) and Florence Vansittart Neale (D/EX73/3/17/8); Annals of the Community of St John Baptist (D/EX1675/1/14/5)

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