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The bombs fell on King's Lynn

19th January 2017

King's Lynn 102 years ago today

Bombing raid

Pic - Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk

On the 19th January 1915, two air ships heading for Humberside were blown of course over the coast in Norfolk.  They began to drop bombs the first ever from the skies above the UK on King's Lynn.  That journey took the Germans over Hunstanton, Heachem, where Lords Lane was hit, more fell in Snettisham near the church causing concern that the Royal Household was the target.  Then came Snettisham, Grimston and Dersingham followed by Tennyson Avenue, Gaywood and the terraces of Bentinck Street in King’s Lynn.  Albert Street, East Street, the Docks and Creswell Street were also affected.

This attack was on everyday civilians, Alice Gazeley, 26 and Percy Goate, 14 were both killed in the raid and a further 13 were injured.

By the end of World War 1 about 52 raids by the Zeppelin and other airships were carried out killing a total of 557, and injuring 1,358 in total.


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