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.