Paper Memories

Air raid of the 25th/29th August 1940.
sun 25th august n358
02:50 west boldon
a hampden bomber crashed at down hill road, west boldon and was badly damaged. three of the four crew were slightly injured. four lambs in the field were killed.

thurs 29th n362
23:00 eight HE were dropped in the boldon colliery district
one dropped in hedworth road - water main damage flooding road to depth of several feet, one fell on the east side of the road and one on the west - five fell in a field on west side of the road, three of which did not explode

23.32 100 IB dropped on stone heap at boldon colliery

Air raid of the 12/13th March 1943.
21.12hrs Jarrow,
Incendiary bombs both ordinary and high explosive fell in Monkton, Primrose and Hedworth, causing fires. One male person was treated for shock.

21.30hrs Boldon Colliery,
Six high explosive bombs, two remained unexploded, and a number of incendiary bombs fell at Boldon Colliery, Twenty houses were demolished and extensive damage caused to other houses and property, including the Police Station. Police Sergeant Matthew Slack ran out of the Police Station, with a stirrup pump to deal with the incendiary bombs, was killed when the property received a direct hit with a bomb. Other fatalities occurred during the raid and thirty people were injured.

21.40 West Boldon,
Nine fire pot incendiary bombs and one large high explosive bomb and many incendiary bombs fell at West Boldon. Two males and one female were killed. One house was seriously damaged and thirty received minor damage. Five UXBs fell at West Boldon about the same time. This necessitated the closing of the A.152 at Jingling Gate.

Fatalities of the raid
Gordon Edgerton, Air raid Warden 19 - 3 Dipe Lane ,West Boldon
Iris Adamson Foster 20 - 23 Store Building, Boldon Colliery
Septimus Bainbridge Jobes Home guard 20 - 3 Redcar Tce, West Boldon
Police Sgt Matthew Slack 52 - Police station, Boldon Colliery
Mary Agnes Smith 28 - 3 Redcar Tce , West Boldon

report of air Raid damage - Sunday 16th may 1943 n1351
02.10 Co Durham...One HE was dropped at Boldon Colliery causing damage to an infants School and a large number of houses. One male later died from injuries sustained and one male and two females were slightly injured . GPO underground cables, water and gas mains were damaged.

Properties used by War department in the Great War
East Boldon
Accomodation of Troops: East Farm; Grey Horse Inn (Officers' Mess); Hutted Camps, No1 and 2; Scott's House (Hutment Camp); Soth Farm (Hutment Camp);Stratford House.
Accomodation of Horses: Boldon Grange (Stables)
Stores: East Farm
Boldon Colliery
Accomodation of Troops: Co-operative Hall; Miners' Hall.
Stores: Boldon Cross

Parish Notes
Commonwealth War Graves
In Boldon Cemetery there are 28 CWGC burials. Boldon UDC reported 9 civilian war dead.