December 25th

On 25th December 1703, Mrs Frances Maister of Penzance, born in Patrington, she left £10, the interest of which was to be given to the poor of Patrington every Christmas Day.

On 25th December 1794, fearing an invasion from France, the Beverley volunteers militia was uniformed and drilled for the first time in Saturday Market. The uniform was probably similar to the image below.

On 25th December 1876, during the rescue of the Grace Darling of Goole, sunk on Middle Bank, River Humber, Spurn lifeboatman Edward Weldrake had to jump into the sea and climb the rigging of the ship, and to prise the captain’s frozen fingers from the rigging. Awarded the RNLI silver medal for bravery.

EY Militia

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