A story from the Scarborough Pictorial 23rd December 1914 describing a close shave with a German shell during the German bombardment of 1914
At the back of 54, Ramsey Street, a shell went through the back kitchen wall, and threw the pantry and coal house into a state of desolation. There was a hole in the back kitchen wall quite two feet square. Mrs Brown was in the wash house in the back-yard, and her daughter in the back kitchen, and the shell passed between them. There is indicating that the shell hit the corner of an outhouse at 52, before becoming embedded in the back premises of 54, and there were several broken windows at 52. Shell splinters made holes all over the back sitting room of 53, and a bookcase, a clothes horse in front of the fire, and other furniture were riddled.
At the cemetery, near the Garfield-road side entrance, a tree was hit, and a heavy branch broken, several headstones in the area being chipped. A number of bricks in the boundary wall at the place were lodged. Fragments of the shell, which evidently burst by striking the tree, were picked up within a radius of thirty yards.
A shell, apparently passing over Gladstone-road, struck at the house at the top in Raleigh Street, of Miss Deval, going through the front sitting room, which was wrecked, with the furniture, also the panssading.
At Murchison Street, the houses from the Raleigh Street end, half way down have had the front windows both upstairs and downstairs blown in. The roof of three houses has been stripped.
A splinter went through the plate glass of the shop of Miss Smith at the corner of Prospect-road and Raleigh-street, and another embedded itself in the doorway.