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Zeppelin raid remembered

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "The Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaeological Society officially unveiled the plaques, with one on St Peter’s Plain marking the spot where two civilians died on January 19, 1915, after the German bombing, the world’s first air raid.
    Andrew Fakes, president of the society, said: “This is part of an ongoing scheme to note historical buildings, and to make sure memories don’t fade.”
    The L3 airship was piloted by Kaptain Lt. Hans Fritz. It has been debated whether he intended Yarmouth to be his target, as some believe he may have thought he was above the north-east of England. Others believe the naval targets in the harbour were of strategic interest to the Germans.
    At about 8.30pm on January 19, 1915, a bomb dropped onto St Peter’s Plain, killing two residents. The first was Martha Taylor, 72, who was found after the bombing without her arm, and the other was Samuel Smith, a 53 year-old shoe-maker, who was said to have been standing in the road when the bomb was dropped.
    His great niece, Joan Roberts, 89, from Gorleston, was at the unveiling of the new plaque. She said: “It’s nice for the family to be remembered.”"
    Great Yarmouth remembers air raid victims - News - Norwich Advertiser

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