In 2014, the Museum of Hartlepool purchased 130 poppies to commemorate the “Bombardment of the Hartlepools” and those who lost their lives in it.
Mary Ellen Owen (17 years old).
On December 16th, 1914, three German Warships attacked the towns of Hartlepool and West Hartlepool. Although the ships were aiming at the major shipyards and industrial areas, their shells also struck homes and shops, as well as exploding in the streets. Many people were killed or seriously wounded, while going about their normal morning routines. By the time the German ships left, large areas of the Hartlepools were damaged or destroyed, leaving a human cost.