December 16th 1914 - Hartlepool (where they hung the monkey) was bombarded from the sea by German warships.
114 people were killed and over 500 injured when three German cruisers bombarded the Heugh Battery.
The first shots landed close to the Heugh Battery, killing Private Theophilus Jones (aged 29) of the 18th Battalion D.L.I. Three other soldiers were fatally wounded at the same time. Private Jones became known as the first soldier to be killed on English soil during the First World War. Two more soldiers were killed by the next shell. This also hit the telephone line between the two batteries, so the Commander had to try to relay orders by megaphone. This proved impossible because of the noise, so a man was sent to stand between the command post and the battery to relay orders by word of mouth.
Private Theophilus Jones aged 29
Private Jones was the first man killed by the Germans on the British mainland.
Interesting problems of communication outlined in that short paragraph and the fact that the volume of extraneous noise caused a breakdown in accepted methods. How things have changed.
I suppose that I could have waited until it was available everywhere but I wanted people to have the book asap. So I've no patience! (! = laughing at myself).
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