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Re: Fatalities, German air raids, Sheerness, 1917-18.
« Reply #39 on: May 27, 2017, 15:09:06 »
The fatalities of 5th June 1917.

                  5th June 1917.
William Amos. R/38343, age 35. Rifleman, 5th Battalion, Royal Rifle Corps.
          Buried Sheerness Cemetery.
Arthur Galley. R/38573, aged 19, Rifleman, 5th Battalion, Royal Rifle Corps.
         Buried Greenwich Cemetery.
William J Tapper. C/3972, age 18. Rifleman, 5th Battalion, Royal Rifle Corps.
            Buried Camberwell Old Cemetery.
Benjamin Corby 26415, Age 29, Private, 2nd Garrison Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.
             Buried Chingford Mount Cemetery.
Frank Smith,  85198, age 27, Private, middlesex Regiment, secondary Regiment, Labour Corps.age 27.
        Buried Oundle Cemetery.
Herbert H Gandy. RN. aged 26. Gunner, HM Torpedo Boat # 7.
              Buried Hove Old Cemetery.
Joseph D Davis, RN, l/2645 aged 22,  Officers Steward, HMS Dominion.
             Buried Sheerness Cemetery.
Samuel H Hawes RN, 340701 aged 41, Chief Armourer, HMS Actaeon.
             Buried Sheerness Cemetery.
George J Frier, age 50, Rigger, HM Dockyard.
            Buried Sheerness Cemetery.
Herbert  H  Lucas.  aged 31. Married with child.
               Buried New Brompton Cemetery, Gillingham.
Edward F Perry. aged 27. Shop Manager Grieves.
            Buried at Plymouth Corporation Cemetery, Weston Mill.

        German 5 June 1917.
 Eric Kluck,Vizefeld webel, pilot, age 20, drowned.
 Hans Francke, Leutant, observer, died of wounds 6/6/17.
 Both originally buried in Sheerness Cemetery.
 Moved to Cannock Chase, early 1960s.
 

To complete.
The two fatalities from the Army Gunnery Establishment at Shoeburyness.

William John Staines. Royal Field Artillery. Gunner. "A" Instructional Bty. Age 18.
          Buried Boston Cemetery Lincolnshire.

Thomas Toone. Royal Field Artillery. Driver. Age 19.
          Buried Sileby Cemetery Leicestershire.


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Re: Bomb Damage Bluetown & Sheerness
« Reply #38 on: September 13, 2014, 20:54:28 »
The air raid warden in Bluetown during the First World War was a Mrs Owen, who was equipped with a police whistle to carry out her duties.

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Re: Bomb Damage Bluetown & Sheerness
« Reply #37 on: January 16, 2014, 23:39:09 »
Thanks for posting the map Kyn.

Edited extracts from the Guardian and East Kent Advertisiser, Saturday June 9th 1917.
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" A public house was also hit, (the Crown and Anchor) and the side blown out, the furniture, including the pianoforte, falling on some vacant land adjoining."

It seems that I was mistaken in assuming that it was the Crown and Anchor that was hit.
So what pub was hit? Does anyone know?

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Re: Bomb Damage Bluetown & Sheerness
« Reply #36 on: January 14, 2014, 13:59:15 »
As a young child I grew up in Unity Street between 1949 and 1958 at No.58. I've always had it in my mind that I can recall the back garden of a house further along the street on our side, being dug up because an un-exploded bomb was in the garden. Unfortunately that's all I know.

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Re: Bomb Damage Bluetown & Sheerness
« Reply #35 on: January 14, 2014, 10:35:39 »
The houses below are on Unity Street and I noticed the lintels above the doors are different.  They are in the same area marked on the plan where a bomb was dropped.

The second image shows open space on West Street, again where the plan is marked showing one of the bombs that were dropped.

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Re: Bomb Damage Bluetown & Sheerness
« Reply #34 on: January 14, 2014, 10:34:01 »
Some plans to go with the very informative posts by Paul and Herb Collector!

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Re: Bomb Damage Bluetown & Sheerness
« Reply #33 on: January 26, 2011, 21:24:54 »
Reading through the posts i realize that i have never mentioned that Grieves, the shop destoyed in the raid of 5th June 1917, was opposite the wall ilustrated in the first post.
As Kyn points out, the Bluetown Heritage Centre is now on the site.

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Re: Bomb Damage Bluetown & Sheerness
« Reply #32 on: January 26, 2011, 20:02:17 »
I missed this out of the list of German air raids on Sheppey 1914-18.    June 9 2009.

5/6 March 1916 night.
During a raid on North England by 3 German Navy airships, airship L13 drifted South. Eastchurch was unaware of the Zeppelin until it was almost overhead and under A-A fire. 4 bombs were dropped, landing at Ripley hill Marshes and Danley Farm with little damage.

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Re: Bomb Damage Bluetown & Sheerness
« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2010, 18:15:17 »
To correct some information i have seen locally, Staaken RIV 'giant' R39 did not bomb Sheerness on 5th June 1917.
The aeroplanes first flight was on 18th July 1917, and it was accepted on 10th Aug 1917.
The list on the aircrafts nose was painted after the war, probably as a 'boast' to the Allied Control Commission.
The list does not fully tally with official records.
I have included, in italics, the parts of the list that mention raids on GB.
28/29 Sep 1917 Sheerness
                No raid on Sheerness on this date. there was a raid on the 24/25 Sep 1917.
16 Feb 1918 Margate.
28/29 Jan 1918 London.
                Did not take part in this raid.
16 Feb 18 London
7 March 18 London
9 May 18 Dover.
                Bombed secondary target Dunkirk.
19 May 18 Chelmsford.
                Bombed elsewhere, no incidents reported at Chelmsford.
A raid by this aircraft on 22/23 Dec 1917, in which bombs were dropped into the sea between Ramsgate and Sandwich is not listed.

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Re: Bomb Damage Bluetown & Sheerness
« Reply #30 on: December 08, 2009, 22:01:37 »
The three German airmen in the Gotha shot down on the night of 18/19 May 1918 were
Lieutenant Rudolf Bartikowski.
Vizefeldwebel Friedrich Bloch.
Vizefeldwebel Heinz Heiligers.
Originally buried at Leysdown Churchyard, reburied Channock Chase in the early 1960's.
An account of the shooting down by Maj C J Q Brand of 112 sqn flying from Throwley, can be found at
http://pigstrough.co.uk/ww1/
Click on zeppelins over Milton.

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Re: Bomb Damage Bluetown & Sheerness
« Reply #29 on: October 31, 2009, 10:32:02 »
German air raids on Sheppey, 1914-18.
5 June 1917, daylight, 22 Gothas attacked Shoeburyness and Sheerness, 13 killed, including 2 at Shoeburyness.
  5 June 1917, Gotha 660/16 came down 2 miles n of Bartons Point. 2 crew killed, 1 pow.


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Re: Bomb Damage Bluetown & Sheerness
« Reply #28 on: October 31, 2009, 10:22:44 »
German air raids on Sheppey, 1914-18.
28/29 Jan 1918. 2? Gothas bomb Sheerness. 2 killed.

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Re: Of Gothas and Giants.
« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2009, 22:38:45 »
Know your enemy-2-
 Gothas-Kagohl lll
 www.thomasgenth.de/html/beim_kg_iii_.html
 www.thomasgenth.de/html/fotoalb__e_s_.html
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zm0uC4uYg&feature=related
 The first clip is of Gotha GlV 604/16 taking off. (NOT a GII) May 1917.What is missing is the distinctive double throb of their unsynchronised twin engines. To the British public they were known as 'wong-wongs'. The other clips are of the western front and London.
 The correspondent of 'Musical News' pointed out that Gotha aeroplanes drone on the note, A flat, while British machines prefer E and F.
 Zeppelin Staaken RVl
 www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-at-sea-in-air/aircraft-types/953-zeppelin-staaken-rvi-bomber-great-war.html

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Re: Funeral of German airmen, June 1917.
« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2009, 22:32:59 »
From the Guardian And East Kent Advertiser, Sat. 16th June 1917.  slightly edited.
"The funeral of the two German aviators, Hans Francke (Officer) and Erick Kluck (Petty officer) who were in the machine brought down in the estuary by anti-aircraft guns in the course of the bombardment, took place on Saturday morning. The airmen were given Naval honours, the coffins with their remains, covered with the German Ensign, being borne to the graveyard on gun-carriages drawn by British bluejackets. Six Flight Lieutenants of the Royal Naval Air Service acted as pall-bearers to the officer, and six air mechanics to the petty officer. Following the second gun-carriage was a strong party of R.N.A.S. men and also military units, the anti aircraft section which brought the German down being represented and also a well-known infantry regiment. The hour of the funeral was generally known, and some hundreds of people lined the route. The local police were in force to keep the traffic on the route clear and to see that order was maintained. Whatever might be the feeling towards those in authority in Germany. there was no sign of bitterness towards the men who were dead and gone-they were simply carrying out the orders of their superior officers and were treated with respect. Hats were raised or men stood at the salute as the cortege passed through the main thoroughfares of the town. Soon after the procession was clear of buildings an aerial escort made its appearance, and hovered over the remains of the deceased until they had been deposited in their last resting-place. The aeroplanes, two in number, circled round and round in wide detours until the graveyard was reached, and were cruising in circles inmediately over the head whilst the navel chaplain read the burial service, the buzzing of the machines being heard throughout.
The funeral arrangements were carried out with reverence and respect, and there was not a single incident in connection with the interment to in any way mar the occasion.The behaviour of the town was splendid, as indeed it has been throughout the trying experience".


For a photo of their crashed a/c being recovered see-http://theaerodrome.com/forum/aircraft/37096-breguet-s-crashfile-challenge-276-a.html

18 Jan 11. Sorry Paul, i was correcting the post and added the full link.
 

 

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