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Bombardment of Dover. 16th February 1918
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2018, 21:15:47 »
According to the official report the shelling was carried out by a German submarine, but other reports mention one or more destroyers.

The shelling began in the early hours of the 16th February 1918, with 30 shells fired within three or four minutes, 22 of which landed within Dover. Houses in Devonshire Road, Dour Street, Harold Terrace, Maison Dieu Road, Westmount Road, Victoria Park and East Cliff were damaged, thankfully with no casualties. At the Dover Union Infirmary a woman was slightly wounded.

The single fatality of the night was at No. 4 Cowgate Hill, the home of the Boorman family. A shell went though the roof of No. 3, slightly injuring Mr F C Shovelier and exploded in the top floor of No. 4. Gertrude Boorman, aged 13, was seriously injured and died shortly after arriving at hospital. Her older brother William was injured and would later lose a leg. Her two younger siblings were slightly injured.

Gertrude Evelyn Mavis Boorman. 25th October 1904 - 16th February 1918. Buried Dover (St Mary's) New Cemetery.

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