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Re: Zeppelin Raids 13/14 (Nighttime) October 1915
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2016, 22:13:50 »
I have just found this article on the Otterpool Zeppelin raid from the Daily Observer of Canada 5 November 2009 with some eyewitness accounts.
http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/2009/11/05/zeppelins-raided-otterpool-camp-one-crisp-fall-night

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Zeppelin Raids 13/14 (Nighttime) October 1915
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2015, 00:28:13 »
Zeppelin raids 13/14 October 1915.
Planned attack on London by German Navy Zeppelins L.11, L.13, L.14, L.15 and L.16.
71 killed, 128 injured, 80,020 damage.

Zeppelin L.11 came in over Bacton, Norfolk at 20.30hrs and dropped bombs in open country around Coltishall and Horstead.

Zeppelin L.13 dropped its bombs on Guildford and Woolwich. One man was injured and later died at Woolwich.

Zeppelin L.15 was the most successful of the nights raiders. The airship reached central London at 21.25hrs and dropped thirty bombs between the Strand and Limehouse, killing twenty-five people.

Zeppelin L.16 mistook the River Lea for the Thames. Bombs were dropped at Banningham (1) and Hertford (14 HE, 30 incendiaries). Nine people were killed at Hertford with fifteen injured.

For more information on the above non Kent raids see http://www.iancastlezeppelin.co.uk

Zeppelin L.14, Commander Kapitanleutnant Alois Bocker, crossed the coast near Bacton at around 18.30hrs. The Zeppelin crossed the Thames Estuary near Sheppey and continued flying south. At around 21.15hrs it dropped four bombs on Otterpool army camp, close to Lympne, killing fifteen men of the Canadian Army and injuring twenty-one. Two more bombs were dropped on the race course at Westenhanger. L.14 continued flying south then turned west, recrossing the coast at Littlestone. It continued flying west then turned north. Seven incendiaries were dropped on Frant and three HE on Tunbridge Wells, all with little damage. At 23.20hrs 17 bombs were dropped on Croydon, killing nine people, including three brothers aged 10, 14, and 15. Fifteen people were injured.
After almost colliding with Zeppelin L.13 near Bromley, L.14 came under anti-aircraft fire as it crossed the Thames near Purfleet.
The airship finally left England at 1.45hrs, crossing the coast north of Aldeburgh.

Due to ground fog there were only six defence flights, none from Kent.
All Zeppelins returned safely.

The fifteen men killed at Otterpool army camp.
Buried at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery unless otherwise stated.

Ernest William Bayes.  Gunner, age 23. 5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of James and Anna Maria Bayes, of Walthamstow, Essex.

Charles Boeyckens.  Driver, age 27. 5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of Hendrik Boeyckens and his wife Louisa Van Hoorebeeck of Oppuers, Belgium.

Pringle Borthwick.  Gunner, age 22. 17th Battery, 5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of Charles and Sarah Borthwick, of 14, Teviot Crescent, Hardwick.
         Buried Hawick (Wilton) Cemetery, Roxburghshire.

Thomas Dickson.  Driver, age 34. 18th Battery, 5th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of Richard and Elizabeth Dickson of Ballinderry, Co, Antrim, Ireland.
        Husband of Lillie Dickson, of Ryanton, Manitoba.
        Served in the South African campaign.

Edward Charles Harris.  Sergeant, age 33, 8th Howitzer Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of Mrs. Fanny Harris of 15, Lark St, Toronto.
        Buried St. Catherine's (Victoria Lawn) Cemetery, Ontario, Canada.

Wilfred George Harris.  Gunner, age 30. 18th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of Jesse and Eliza Jane Harris of Faringdon, Berkshire.
        Husband of Bessie Harris, of 315 Victoria Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan.

Henry Adrian Horn.  Gunner, age 19. 18th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of Alfred and Frances A Horn of London.

Douglas Routledge Johnston.  Gunner, age 25. 5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of Andrew W and Elizabeth C Johnston of Suite 4, Rosedale Apartments, Osborne St, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Sydney George Lane.  Gunner, age 23. 17th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of John and Annie E Lane, of 2 Antwerp Villas, Dorchester Rd, Weymouth, Dorset.

Samuel McKay.  Driver age 19. 5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of Angus and Marion McSween McKay of Stornaway, Saskatchewan.

Charles Gordon Peterkin.  Gunner, age 27. 8th Howitzer Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery.
      Son of Robert Pembroke Peterkin and Ida Peterkin of Barbados, British West Indies.

David John Phillips.  Bombardier, age 24. 17th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of the late John and Mary Phillips of Gilvachvargeod, Bargoed, Glamorgan, Wales.

Harry James Rixon.  Gunner, age 24. 5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Died of wounds 15 October 1915.
     Son of James Edward and Jane Louisa Rixon, of Marlow, Bucks.
         Buried Easthampstead (SS. Michael and Mary Magdalene) Churchyard, Berkshire.

Richard Dyer Simpson.  Gunner, age 34. 17th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of Laura C Simpson of Rush. Co. Dublin, Ireland, and the late William Simpson.

Richard Stewart Truscott,  Gunner, age 19. 17th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery.
     Son of Richard and Mary S Truscott of Lansdowne, Wadebridge, Cornwall, England.






 

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