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Plaque unveiled for local hero

On 11th July 2023 a plaque was unveiled at Bridlington Railway Station honouring the heroic actions of Ernest Barker.

During an air raid on 11 July 1940 a train loaded with ammunition caught fire in a bomb blast and could have exploded with devastating consequences but for the selfless actions of the humble ticket collector from Bridlington who attacked the fire and succeeded in extinguishing the blaze.

His actions meant that he was awarded the George Medal in January 1941. He died in 1967. His story came to light thanks to the research of local historian Richard Jones.


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