[circular: To The Inhabitants Of Margate In The Event Of Invasion Or Bombardment, 1915].




The Mayor, Town Hall.





Item Description

Folio. 8.75 x 13.25 inches. [2] pp. 2 page printed circular. Old fold lines with some foxing; otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by map on verso. A circular dated 1 January 1915, from William Booth Reed, Mayor of Margate, to the citizens of the town. No doubt influenced by the recent German naval bombardment of Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool, he feels obliged to remind the people of the town of a similar possibility occurring, and if so advise them of their course of action, The Mayor does, however, provide reassurance by emphasising the protection offered Margate by minefields and nearby naval bases. On hearing the warning sound of two maroons the people should leave the town by road, heading in the direction of Plucks Gutter Bridge (as indicated on the map) over the river Stour and avoiding the main routes to Canterbury and Ramsgate which are reserved for military use. They should take two day's food supply and be warmly clad. In the event of a German landing they are urged not to resist as this 'would only bring disaster on the inhabitants and the town.' In the event no naval bombardment ever took place, although the Isle of Thanet was to experience air raids later in the war. A scarce item of First World War ephemera.

[Stock No. 26029]

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