Article from the 23rd December, 1914, in the Scarborough Pictorial which describes the describes the Government's version of what happened when Scarborough was bombarded by the Germans.
AN OLD LADY'S ORDEAL
Among the few residences in the Dean Road district which were damaged was 26, Mayville Avenue, where an old lady, Mrs Ingham, and her housekeeper, a Manchester woman, resided.
A shell burst right on the roof of the house, which was reduced more or less to ruins, only the outer walls remaining standing.
Mrs Ingham and Miss Clarke, who were in bed, were buried beneath the debris, and fears were entertained for their lives.
It was a somewhat difficult task to force a way through the wreckage, but a number of men working in the vicinity eventually reached the ladies, whom were found in a terrible plight.
The explosion had caused serious injuries to both, and they were in a serious condition. With all speed they were removed to a house opposite, and subsequently taken to hospital.
The house itself is a picture of shattered wreckage, great holes have been torn in the roof and walls, and practically everything in the house destroyed. No windows remain.
The house adjoining, No 24, where Mrs Cooper and her daughter were along, suffered slightly in comparison with that next door, but here, nevertheless, windows were smashed and holes knocked in a wall or two. several ornaments were reduced to fragments by the force of vibration.
No other houses in this street were touched, but people in the neighbourhood were terrorised.