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Heugh Gun Battery Memorial Tablet in Hartlepool, England

On December 16, 1914, tragedy struck the shores of a seaside English town. A shell fired from a German ship claimed the life of Theophilus Jones, the first war casualty on British soil in nearly two centuries. The attacks on Hartlepool, England killed 130 people and injured hundreds more. Though the men who manned the three local naval guns had been warned of a possible attack, no one afforded such a warning to the nearby naval patrol that was supposed to be guarding the seas.
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