Baedeker Air Raid commemoration

Baedeker Raid commemoration

On Friday 29th April 2022, a plaque was unveiled to commemorate those who died at York Railway Station during the Baedeker Air Raid eighty years ago.

PC Robert Smith and William Milner (Station Foreman) are named on the plaque.

After the unveiling a service involved a speech by the managing director of LNER, a poem read by Inspector Mary-Anne Snowden (BTP York), a biography of those who died was given by John Shaw of the Raids Over York project, and a poem read by Ken Cooke, a Normandy veteran.

The event involved the York Civic Trust, London and North Eastern Railway, and the Raids Over York heritage project.

The Sheriff of York and the Lord Mayor of York were also in attendance.

 

In 2017, on the 75th anniversary, the History Group held a memorial tribute to PC Robert Smith at his gravesite. The tribute was attended by members of his family.

Robert, aged 64 years, was killed during the early hours of the morning of the 29th April 1942, during the biggest raid by the Luftwaffe carried out on York in World War Two. He was on duty in the police office when it took a direct hit.

 

BBC Yorkshire also covered the event on their website:
Tributes mark 80th anniversary of York Baedeker raid

Also see the BTPHG Second World War Roll of Honour.

Sources include the Railway Heritage Trust and the York Civic Trust Twitter feeds.
H/T to John Owen and Tony Haigh for spotting this.

 

 

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