Inaugural “Raid’s” Plaque set for Unveiling

Bomb damage to York Railway Station and sidings beyond – photo taken the day after the Baedeker Raid on York by the RAF for L&NER. IMAGE Tim Dryland

Raids Over York is delighted to announce that the project’s first “red” plaque is set to be unveiled this Friday – 29th April – in time with the 80th anniversary of the Baedeker Raid on the city.

The new plaque will be unveiled at York Railway Station shortly after 11am to the front, left hand side of the station (outside ‘Cycle Heaven’). The plaque and unveiling event is in conjunction with LNER due to the plaque’s railway-focus. It acknowledges the station and its infrastructure as being at the heart of the Luftwaffe’s attack on York.

It also honours two railwaymen who lost their lives in the attack: station foreman William Milner, 42, and 64-year-old railway policeman Robert William Smith.

The station foreman, who was a keen first-aider, gave his life trying to get a box of urgently-needed medical supplies. Milner was posthumously awarded the King’s commendation for gallantry.

Robert Smith, a railway constable, who lived with his wife and two daughters at 34 Kensington Street, South Bank, was working in the station’s post room where he was killed.

A wreath laying and service will take place at 11:00 at the existing William Milner memorial plaque on the main concourse with the new plaque unveiled outside Cycle Heaven shortly after.

Platforms 1, 2 and 3 at York Railway Station after the raid. IMAGE: NRM/SSPL

3 thoughts on “Inaugural “Raid’s” Plaque set for Unveiling

  1. Hi,

    Actually, there is a plaque commemorating the April 29, 1942 raid in the NRM on the floor where the A4 locomotive Sir Ralph Wedgwood was damaged beyond repair. This plaque was placed by the Gresley Society some years ago. So this plaque will be the second marking the raid, but the first of the transport ‘red’ plaques as you say..

    Russ Rollings ________________________________

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    1. Great to know, Russ – and obviously very timely! We’re also asking people to send photos of known and less known WW2 related plaques in York – in old church halls, sports clubs, offices, possibly since converted etc.


  2. Hi From New Zealand.

    A great move and well deserved for two deceased men and their families.

    Ron was born in Pocklington and moved into Clifton, York just prior the raids starting he has vivid memories of the two houses at the end of their street being destroyed.




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