Posted 12 August 2011 - 11:25 PM
Hi, I'm new to this forum and I am wondering if anyone can help me. I am trying to put together details of what happened in the London Borough of Newham during the Zeppelin and Gotha raids.
What I really want to know is the names of those killed, and the streets that were bombed in the borough, i.e. in the areas of Canning Town, Custom House, East Ham, Forest Gate, Manor Park, North Woolwich, Plaistow, Silvertown, Stratford, The Royal Docks, West Ham.
I have got hold of the two books by Ian Castle: London 1914-17 The Zeppelin Menace; and London 1917-18 The Bomber Blitz. These books have been really useful and from them I have been able to work out the dates of the raids that I am interested in, which are:
· 17/18 Aug 1915 - Wanstead Flats, opp Dames Road and other locations on Wanstead Flats Windows broken in 73 houses in the Dames Road area.
· 23/24 Sept 1916 - Marshgate Lane & Carpenters Road. Stratford. The final bombs caused severe damage to a match factory and the depot of an oil company
· 13th June 1917 - Stratford, East Ham, Royal Docks - 2 of the bombs fell in Alexandra Road damaging 42 houses, killing 4 and injuring 11. Another bomb fell on Royal Albert Dock killing 8 dock workers, and damaging buildings, vehicles and a railway truck.
· 4/5 Sept 1917 - Stratford and Wanstead Flats - Messrs Wm Ritchie former jute factory, used a internment camp until June 1917 was bombed at 23:25 on 4 Sept. A few bombs on Wanstead Flats or Park 23.55
· 19/20 May 1918 - Manor Park, Forest Gate, Stratford, West Ham, East Ham, Plaistow, Canning Town, East Ham. Grange Road Board School damaged. Leo Grogan, aged 7, killed 12 Ladysmith Road, Canning Town.
I have checked with the LB Newham Archives dept but the do not have a bomb list for WW1. Before I look through the local newspapers I thought I would see if anyone on this forum might know if such a list existed elsewhere.