An article from the Scarborough Pictorial 23rd December 1914, entitled "ROYAL SYMPATHY KINGS THOUGHTS FOR STRICKEN TOWNMESSAGE TO BEREAVED AND WOUNDED" following the German bombardment of Scarborough
The Mayor of Scarborough has received the following message from the King, transmitted through Sir Hugh Bell, Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding:-
"The people of Scarborough and Whitby had been much in my thoughts during the past week, and I deeply sympathise with the bereaved families in their distress. Please let me know to the condition of the wounded. I trust they may have a speedy recovery. (Signed) George R.I."
THE MAYORS REPLY
The mayor has replied as follows:- "May it please your majesty, Sir Hugh Bell, Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of the County of York, has communicated to me your Majesty's gracious message of sympathy with the bereaved families in their distress consequent on the recent bombardment of this town by part of the enemy's fleet, and I humbly beg that your Majesty will accept the thanks of the people of Scarborough for such a message, which will be greatly appreciated. - I have the honour to remain your Majesty's most humble and dutiful servant, C.C. Graham, Mayor.
The Mayor was notified by Sir Hugh Bell of the King's message by telephone, and he told Sir Hugh, for the Kings information, that there are about 200 wounded, three or four of them being serious cases. The exact number of slight cases was difficult to ascertain, but they numbered possibly about 100, who were progressing favourably.