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By Evil Chance
The Air Raid on Leyton August 17th/18th August 1915
Sorry this is still Work in ProgressThis is the story of the raid on the Leyton area on the night of the 17th/18th August 1915. The raid left 10 people dead and many more injured. Due to the heavy level of censorship at the time, the official Government announcement referred only to
Killed 7 Men 2 Women 1 Child
......................................................All the above were civilians.”
Posted 13 February 2014 - 01:00 pm
I am running a heritage project on the interment camp in Stratford and of Germans living in East London. I was particularly curious about the bomb on the Stratford Camp. Does anyone have more references to this?Lancashire Fusilier, I was also curious as to where your photos of the bombs on Poplar are from? I would be much appreciative if I could use them in our exhibition to illustrate the effect of the war to those living in East London, and they are such touching images.
Posted 13 February 2014 - 01:11 pm
photos of the bombs on Poplar are from? I would be much appreciative if I could use them in our exhibition to illustrate the effect of the war to those living in East London, and they are such touching images.
Welcome to the Forum, and I have sent you a PM regarding the photos.
Posted 16 February 2014 - 03:31 pm
I think I may have something on Stratford. Let me have a hunt around and I'll see what I have.
Posted 17 February 2014 - 11:33 am
As promised, here is what I have on the Stratford bomb.
Tuesday 4th September 1917. The first night-time raid on London by Gotha bombers.
The bomb dropped on Stratford was amongst the batch dropped by the first Gotha to reach London that night and the bombed is times at around 11.25pm. It struck a vacant factory, formerly occupied by Messrs. Wm. Ritchie, Jute Spinners and Weavers, in Carpenters Road. The factory had been vacant since 1904 but had more recently been put into use as a German internment camp, although it ceased to be used as such in June 1917, so was empty at the time of the raid. The damage to the factory seems to have been mainly the smashing of the glass roof. However, if it had still been used as a camp the casualties may well have been high. Only the previous night a bomb dropped through the glass roof of a drill hall at Chatham,used as a dormotory for naval ratings and the blast killed 132 and injured many more, the injuries caused by flying glass.
I used a photo of the inside of the factory after the bomb blast in my book, "London 1917-18: The Bomber Blitz". The photo is copyright of the Imperial War Museum.
Interestingly there is a little bit about the Stratford internment camp in Richard van Emden's book, "Meeting the Enemy". If you are interested I can post a section here. Let me know.