Bridlington honours WW1 heroes

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Published: Monday 27th April 2015 by The News Editor

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The day described as Bridlington’s worst-ever in a world war has been honoured at a special memorial event.

Ten of the town’s servicemen died on April 25, 1915.

The First World War memorial marked the centenary of the men’s death at Ypres.

These lives lost in the Belgian municipality’s second battle had a “colossal” impact on Bridlington and its families, according to Chris Bonnett, a local historian.

The Royal British Legion’s local members joined with family members, veterans from the armed forces and town residents at Bridlington’s war memorial.

Mr Bonnett said that in addition to the 10 fatalities, many other Bridlington servicemen were also wounded on that date, rendering it the town’s worst-ever war day for deaths.

Descendants of the Bridlington 10 said they were “delighted” at the gathering, claiming that previously nobody had cared about the significance of April 25, 1915, to the town.

This second battle at Ypres saw Germany’s first mass use of poisonous gas in their Western front operations.

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Published: Monday 27th April 2015 by The News Editor

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