Sheffield's First Air Raid - 25th September 1916 and the Unveiling of the Memorial Plaque to the 29 victims of the Raid Saturday 11th November 1922
"We must keep their memory green and revere their names as long as we live"
Photo taken March 212
This report appeared in the Sheffield Daily Independent dated Monday 13th November 1922 and referred to the unveiling ceremony that took place two days earlier on Saturday 11th November 1922 which was of course Armistice Day (Remembrance Day). The report estimates that about 1,000 people attended the unveiling
Until I read this article I was unaware that the plaque was erected by the firm of Messrs. J. Beardshaw and Sons who were the owners of the Baltic Works on Effingham Road. It is clear from the report that there was still a great deal of anger and bitterness about the raid itself and the attitude of the Germans since then. But at least Mr. T. W. Casey who unveiled the plaque ended the ceremony on a plea that certainly strikes a chord with me - "(Mr. Casey) appealed for a better understanding between the nations of the world, a broader spirit which would prevent another conflict."
Sheffield Daily Independent dated Monday 13th November 1922
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