Graphic: How Zeppelins brought terror to skies above East Anglia

Trail of destruction: damage in and around East Street and Albert Street, King’s Lynn, caused by the

Trail of destruction: damage in and around East Street and Albert Street, King’s Lynn, caused by the Zeppelin raid on the town in January 1915. - Credit: Archant

100 years ago, the first ever fatalities caused by an air raid occurred in Norfolk. Here our graphic shows the plan of the action taken by German airship officers and the consequences for the Norfolk people of mistakes made in the execution of thier mission.

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A number of community-led events are being held across the region to mark the 100th anniversary of the Zeppelin raids, as DAVID BALE reports.

Great Yarmouth was attacked by a Zeppelin on January 19, 1915. The bombing raid killed two civilians, Martha Taylor and Sam Smith.


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At 11am today, the mayor Marlene Fairhead will lay a wreath at the grave of Mr Smith, the first person in the world to be killed by an aerial bombing raid, in the New Cemetery off Kitchener Road, Great Yarmouth.

A new tablet commemorating the 100th anniversary will also be unveiled and there will be a service at St Peter's Plain, Yarmouth, led by Canon Chris Terry.

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Zeppelin Week will run in King's Lynn from today to January 25.

The events are being co-ordinated by the West Norfolk and King's Lynn Archaeological Society.

The society's chairman, Dr Clive Jonathon Bond said: 'Among the key events, to raise funds for the town's True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum, is an evening of commemoration, reflection and celebration hosted by the mayor, Barry Ayres at the Town Hall, King's Lynn, 7.30pm, on Thursday, January 22.

'The very successful, popular and local Marham Bluebirds Military Wives Choir will lead the community event.

'Music, prose and readings will celebrate the sacrifice of local people during the First World War at the Front and at home.

'Another key event, to end the week, is a First World War commemoration conference at Marriott's Warehouse, South Quay, Lynn, which is free from 11am on Sunday, January 25.'

Several events are also being held at Lynn Museum in Market Street, King's Lynn. Two civilians; Percy Goate and Alice Gazley, were killed when the L4 Zeppelin dropped bombs on Bentinck Street, King's Lynn.

Their stories are told in Lynn Museum's temporary exhibition 'King's Lynn and the First World War.'

The display includes a large model of the L4 Zeppelin made by local man Fred White.

Lynn Museum is also hosting three commemorative events:

Wednesday, January 21, 2.30pm to 3.30pm – 'Zeppelins Over Norfolk' a talk by Steve Pope

Thursday, January 22, 10.30am to noon – First World War-themed coffee morning with pop-up poetry

Saturday, January 24, 10am to 4pm – First World War Living history event.

A temporary exhibition at the Mo Sheringham Museum, opening on March 1, will focus on the effect of the war on Sheringham and the 1915 raid.

The remains of one of the first bombs dropped during the raid on January 19, 1915 will also be on display in the special exhibition.

Two incendiary bombs were dropped on Sheringham at 8.30pm on the above date.

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