Z is for Zeppelin

Zeppelin raids on Bury St Edmunds, WW1

Most people are aware of the air raids that took place over Britain during WWII but are very surprised to find out that during 1915 – 1917 there were similar air raids but that they were carried out by Zeppelins.  In Bury there were two major raids, one on the night of the 29th April 1915 and the other on the night of 31st March 1916.  As far as the first raid was concerned only four bombs appear to have been dropped over the town, the rest being incendiary devices.  These numerous incendiary devices caused the most damage and the only loss of life recorded was of that of a dog and some horses in the centre of town.

Although there were far fewer incendiary devices dropped during the second raid, there were approximately 6 bombs that were dropped over the town resulting in 7 deaths and injuries to 9 others.  Those that died were Pte Hubert Hardiment home on leave, Annie Dureall and two of her children James and Kathleen, Harry Frost a foreman and Henry Adams a corporation horseman and his son George. The funeral of the last six mentioned took place on 6th April at St Mary’s church followed by a procession through town, the streets being lined with hundreds of spectators, to the cemetery.