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Bombs begin to fall on London, 31 May 1915

31 May

A hundred years ago today, 31 May 1915, the much-feared aerial attack on London began. The Zeppelins, whose visits to England had begun earlier in the year with bombs dropped over East Anglia, visited the East End of the capital – their first bomb was dropped on a house in Alkham Road, Stoke Newington.

Here is a map of all the bomb damage sites across London in 1914-1918:

Where the bombs fell in London, 1914-1918

Where the bombs fell in London, 1914-1918

This week, the London Borough of Hackney unveiled a plaque on the house where that first bomb fell. This interesting modern commemoration echoes a plan in the City of Westminster (see my blog post on it here) to mark the sites where bombs fell, initially every site and later just the first and last. The Westminster plan did not receive any support after the war among the other boroughs where bombs had fallen; it was shelved in 1920.

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Posted by on 31 May 2015 in Air Raid, War memorials

 

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One response to “Bombs begin to fall on London, 31 May 1915

  1. Harry

    21 August 2017 at 5:16 am

    Fascinating. Is there a record for a raid on London on 23rd January 1918. in ‘Goodbye to all that’, Robert Graves records his marriage that day and that his wedding night was memorable for a Zeppelin raid.

     

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