Bombardment killed Whitby drayman

William Edward Tunmore, a Whitby drayman killed during the Bombardment of Whitby
William Edward Tunmore, a Whitby drayman killed during the Bombardment of Whitby

The centenary of the First World War bombardment in Whitby has brought back some poignant memories for one Whitby Gazette reader.

One of the people killed on that day was William Edward Tunmore, a drayman for the railways collecting and delivering parcels with his horse and cart.

Old Gazette feature on bombardment from 1999

Old Gazette feature on bombardment from 1999

The great grandfather of Gazette subscriber, Elizabeth Hallam, he was killed trying to lead his horse to safety near Ford Crossing below Esk Terrace and 
was hit in the chest by shrapnel.

In the Whitby Gazette dated Friday October 22, 1999, there was an article covering this and possibly showing his damaged cart with a boy sitting on it.

Mr Tunmore was posthumously awarded the Silver Medal for bravery by the RSPCA.

His widow was awarded compensation by the railway company, however Mrs Hallam says the family have always maintained that this was never paid out.