WW2 victims remembered as FTPE unveils lasting reminder

03 Aug 2012

In 4th August 1942, Middlesbrough railway station was bombed killing eight innocent railway workers and civilians. 

70 years on, staff from First Transpennine Express, managers of Middlesbrough railway station, joined some of the victims' relatives to unveil a commemorative plaque in their honour. 

The plaque was unveiled at 1pm, 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 Peter Niman, Charles Raymond Taylor and William Henry Thornelowe.   

Alongside an exhibition of photographs, the victims' families met with staff from First TransPennine Express, Northern Rail and the British Transport Police.

Neil Stirk, station team leader at Middlesbrough railway station said:  "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, in the North East.



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