Plea to trace families of bombardment victims

A shell damaged Royal Hotel.
A shell damaged Royal Hotel.

Organisers of forthcoming events to commemorate the bombardment of Scarborough on 16 December 1914 are eager to track down any living relatives of the eighteen people that died.

A number of special commemorative events will take place on Tuesday December 16, including an early morning civic ceremony, organised by Scarborough Borough Council, during which a maroon will be fired from Scarborough Castle, to simulate the 1914 attack, after the name of each individual that perished is read out.

Scarborough Castle will also be lit up during the ceremony and a flotilla of boats will be stationed outside the harbour.

Later in the day, the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery and invited guests, which will include 18 local school children, will lay a wreath on a newly constructed commemorative cairn at the cemetery.

Search efforts to date have only thrown up leads on relatives of three of the eighteen people that lost their lives and so a renewed attempt to find people with a family connection to those that died has been launched.

The South Cliff area of the town was the first site to be hit where deaths occurred.

In total, seventeen people died on 16 December 2014 and one died of wounds a short time later.

The Falsgrave Road and Gladstone Road areas of town had almost half of the fatalities.

Anyone who feels they may be a relative of any of the 18 victims or has any relevant information, should get in contact with Jan Cleary at the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery by emailing or Mark Vasey at Scarborough Maritime and Heritage Centre by emailing

Full list of the 18 victims:

Leonard Ellis, porter, (age 47) Londesborough Road

Harry Frith, delivery driver, (age 45) 1 Bedford Street

Alfred Beal, postman, (age 41) 50 Raleigh Street

Margaret Briggs, maid, (age 29) Filey Road

John Shields Ryalls (age 14 Months) 22 Westbourne Park

Miss Bertha McIntyre, insurance agent, (age 42) 22 Westbourne Park

Mrs Johanna Bennett, housewife, (age 58) 22 Westbourne Park

Albert Bennett, driver with army, (age 22) 2 Wykeham Street

John Christopher H Ward (age 9) 2 Wykeham Street

George James Barnes (age 9) 2 Wykeham Street

John Hall, architect, (age 65) 28 Westbourne Park

Mrs Emily Lois Merryweather (age 30) 43 Prospect Road

George Harland Taylor, boy scout, (age 15) 45 North Street

Mrs Mary Prew, widow, (age 60) 17a Belle Vue Street

Mrs Ada Crow, maid, (age 28) 124 Falsgrave Road

Miss Edith Crosby, maid, (age 39) 1 Belvedere Road

Mrs Alice Duffield, housewife, (age 38) Esplanade

Mr Harry Harland, shoemaker - died a few days later in hospital