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Plaque honours trio killed in Halesworth station bombing

PUBLISHED: 10:16 22 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:16 22 January 2016

Robin Vickery with the new plaque in memory of the victims of the bombing of Halesworth train station 75 years ago.

 PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Robin Vickery with the new plaque in memory of the victims of the bombing of Halesworth train station 75 years ago. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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The three victims of the bombing of Halesworth railway station have been remembered in the town 75 years after their death.

The new plaque in memory of the victims of the bombing of Halesworth train station. 

PHOTO: Nick ButcherThe new plaque in memory of the victims of the bombing of Halesworth train station. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Station master Herbert Holland, his wife Hannah, and their maid Joan Clarke were the only civilian casualties of the war. They died on January 18, 1941.

And on Monday, plaques were unveiled at the Halesworth and District Museum bearing their names, as well as other people killed on the local railway.

The plaques also commemorate Edward Court, 17, killed on the Southwold Railway in 1883, 
Thomas Cleveland, 11, caught between the railway gates 
and the post at Halesworth in 1892 and Harry Girling, station 
master at Wenhaston who was 
killed in 1926 during shunting operations.

Chairman of the museum Brian Howard said: “I think it started off with the Hollands and Miss Clarke who died in the 
bombing but when you 
start to remember one 
person, you realise there are other people too.

“It’s worth remembering how people lived and died on the railway line.

“I hope the plaques will engage people in the history of the town. It might be ancient history, but it happened, and to people who were all from the district.

“It’s important to remember those things happened.”

Present to see the plaque being unveiled was Mr and Mrs Holland’s grandson Robin Vickery, who lives in Ipswich.

“I always think remembrance is so important,” he said. “I’ve come across quite a few 
people in the surrounding 
areas who can remember 
the station being 
bombed, and it’s important that we keep the remembrance 
going.

“You hear a lot about people in the services who have been killed, but not so much about civilians.

“I’m very grateful to the Halesworth and District Museum for arranging this commemoration.”

Do you have a Halesworth story? Email polly.grice@archant.co.uk

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