The night Zeppelins brought death and destruction to Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn.
They were deadly air raids that brought death and terror to Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn 103 years ago today.
On January 19, 1915 Great Yarmouth became the first target of a German Zeppelin during the First World War.
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Airship L3, piloted by Kapitan Leutnant Hans Fritz, dropped hundreds of pounds worth of bombs on the resort claiming the lives of two people; 53-year-old shoemaker Samuel Smith and 72-year-old widow Martha Taylor.
The greatest damage was caused by the 110lb of explosives dropped in St Peter’s Plain. It blew out the front of St Peter’s Villa and the workshop opposite was badly damaged.
The same night King’s Lynn was bombed and Percy Goate and Alice Gazley were killed when Zeppelin L4 dropped bombs on Bentinck Street.
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Two incendiary bombs were dropped on Sheringham the same night.
When the war started in 1914, the German armed forces had several Zeppelins, each capable of travelling at about 85 mph and carrying up to two tons of bombs. With military deadlock on the Western Front, they decided to use them against towns and cities in Britain.