Whitby war news from 100 years ago

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The following war extracts were taken from the Whitby Gazette of August 7, 1914.

TA members depart

The local members of the Territorial Artillery – the Left Section of the North Riding Battery, RFA – departed for Scarborough, leaving Whitby by special train in command of Lieut WP Ness-Walker.

The men had a hearty send-off and departed in a cheerful and determined spirit. On arrival, they hauled the guns to the artillery barracks. The Scarborough Section had already been mobilised.

Major Wright, the commanding officer, addressed ther battery on the seriousness of the situation, urging all to acquit themselves like soldiers. The men were billeted at the barracks and at hotels.

It is expected the men will remain at Scarborough for all events for two to three days.

Contingents of the men were seen at Grosmont and Pickering where horses were waiting for them and which they took by road to Scarbrough.

Special notice to the inhabitants of Whitby

The following notice is being posted in the town:

Notice is hereby given that any person found in the vicinity of the Coastguard Station between sunset and sunrise, and failing to obey any command from sentries, renders himself liable to be shot on sight.

By order, RB Walker, Lieut, Yorkshire Hussars,

August 6, 1914.

Gazette war special

Arrangements are being made for the Whitby Gazette to receive daily a service of the latest war news from special correspondents at the front end from all centres of interest.

Each day we propose issuing the WHITBY GAZETTE WAR SPECIAL price one half-penny.

Publication will commence Friday, if not, on Saturday and the first issue will be on sale about two o’clock.

Important news received after two o’clock will be published as early as possible after its receipt.

Great battle in North Sea

The following was put up in the Whitby Gazette front office window:

“Unofficial news has been received in Whitby from Baltic Shipping Exchange in London of great naval battle in the North Sea.

German Fleet completely vanquished by combined British and French fleets.

British lost five ships including Iron Duke and Queen Mary.

French lost five ships.

Germans lost 19 ships and also six ships captured. The wounded are being conveyed to ports along the coast.”

At midnight, when going to press, rumour reached us from the Scarbrough district that the enemy’s ships were being rounded up towards the Humber.