Col L. Robson

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Where: The Heugh Light, Moor Terrace, Hartlepool TS24 0PS, UK

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When: 01 January 1914

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Portrait photograph of Lieutenant Colonel Lancelot Robson V.D.D.L., Commanding Durham R.G.A. (Royal Garrison Artillery), Fire Commander, Hartlepool Batteries, Dec. 16th 1914. The bombardment of the Hartlepools by Germany took place on this date, the batteries being one of the main targets. It was the first time British civilians were in the line of enemy fire during a World War. HAPMG : 1972.75.11

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Owner: Museum of Hartlepool
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    Ken's Aviation

    • 21/Apr/2011 02:24:22

    It's great that you are posting these photos on flickr. Keep 'em coming!

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    • 21/Apr/2011 08:40:34

    More information about the engagement of the enemy ships by the Royal Garrison Artillery can be had from the Royal Artillery Museum, Firepower, based in the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich. For his gallantry during the action, the commander of one of the guns was awarded the first Distinguished Conduct Medal won in Britain. I think some mention of the defence should be included in the summary of the bombardment or else it looks as though it was a one-sided action.

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    • 21/Apr/2011 08:51:32

    Great photograph! You could write an entire story based on this photograph!