Latest on the Council Yard- Glen St bombing in 1941
Posted by Norman Dunn on August 31, 2021, 9:29:29
Edited by board administrator August 31, 2021, 10:23:49
The Plaque that Mike Lynch,Trish Conway, myself and many others wanted placed on the Glen Medical Centre wall (nearest place to the bombing) is now going to be put on the Iona Club's Wall. |
Their committee said we could use their wall after hearing of incompetance at the Council prevented the plaque being placed in our first choice position.
To people at the Council the names on the plaque are only faceless people from 80 years ago. To us they were Hebburn people and family, for example this name from the plaque is Michael Lynch's uncle.
Hugh Lynch 1912-1941
Hugh was never talked about during Mike's life and he only discovered about his uncle when he did his family tree.
Hugh was killed by a bomb raid on Hebburn some two weeks after his marriage.
He was part of a rescue party entering cottages in Glen Street, Hebburn, which had already been bombed when the cottages received a direct hit with the rescue party inside.Hugh was killed together with eight other rescuers and a girl aged 5 years and a boy aged 4 years.
See excerpt below from “The Shields Gazette” dated Wednesday 22nd October 1941: They didnt name the Town because the least the Germans knew where their bombs landed the better.
“In one town considerable damage was done and there were many casualties, some fatal.
One bomb fell on a depot and killed a number of men of the rescue party who were on duty. The majority of the men were volunteers.
Another bomb fell in a street of cottages and several houses were wrecked and many damaged.
Nearly all the people were in their shelters and escaped injury. Two children, however, who were in the back yard shelter, which were blown over by the blast were killed. One was Jenny Douglas aged five, and the other was a boy about four years of aged named Tracey.
It was a direct hit that wrecked the depot. Many of the rescue party were in the shelter and they escaped.
Names of killed
The names of the rescue party reported killed are: Stephen Chance, Peter McKenna, John Keegan, Peter McGirvan and his son Bernard (aged 19), Ernest Munroe (foreman), M. McCaffery, H. Lynch and John Robson”
All those deaths & we couldnt even get a Plaque put up at the closest point to where those people died. How sad. especially when I wrote directly to the Leader of the Council on the 10th August and have had no reply so far.When I worked in a Factory we had Shop Stewards who represented us like Councillors are supposed to do. If the Shop Steward wasnt doing his job he'd soon get replaced so think about it when you vote.
If we had been asking for a Plaque to be put up in rememberance of Shields victims, I'm certain there would be no problem having it wherever we wanted it put.