16th December 1914 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY in Bolton, Lancashire – Bill Gaskell,  World War 2 volunteer; Normandy lander; family man;  HGV driver, senior freight controller; migrant to Canada; “A Lancashire Lad through and through, Honest, Loyal and True.” [The Chronicle Journal].



Civilians in the firing line: the german navy raids the english east coast towns of Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby, killing 86 civilians and wounding 426. “The British public is outraged” [Burg & Purcell].


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