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Railway war victims remembered

Railway staff joined together to remember victims of a Luftwaffe bombing raid on Middlesbrough in the Second World War.

On 4th August 1942, Middlesbrough railway station was bombed killing eight railway workers and civilians. 70 years on, staff from First Transpennine Express, Northern Rail and the British Transport Police joined some of the victims’ relatives to unveil a commemorative plaque.

The plaque was unveiled at 13.00 followed by two minutes silence at 13.08 – the exact time the bombs are thought to have hit Middlesbrough railway station.

Those remembered included George William Barrett, James Fred Binks, John William Bowe, Timothy Carroll, Derek Corfield, Solomon

“On 4th August 1942, Middlesbrough railway station was bombed killing eight railway workers and civilians…”

Peter Niman, Charles Raymond Taylor and William Henry Thornelowe.

Says Neil Stirk, station team leader at Middlesbrough, ‘Today’s event was incredibly emotional not only for the relatives of those killed in the attacks 70 years ago, but also for staff from FTPE. I am however delighted that we were able to respectfully honour the gentlemen involved with a commemorative plaque at their place of work, Middlesbrough railway station.’

Middlesbrough was the first major British town and industrial target to be bombed during the Second World War in May 1940.

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