Blue Plaque Marks Site of WWI Zeppelin Bombing

A surprising tale from World War One has been memorialised for the first time, after Mayor Barry Coleman unveiled a new blue plaque last Wednesday.

In 1915 two Zeppelins were despatched to bomb the docks at Humberside in order to prevent supplies from reaching the front lines, but both airships became lost en route, with one flying over King’s Lynn while the other ended up in Yarmouth.

Retired naval commander Simon Askins helped the Great Yarmouth Local history and Archaological Society (GYLHAS) to research the bombing, and told the BBC:”The L3 flying over Yarmouth dropped 10 bombs across the town and a couple of them hit the area of St Peter Plain and killed a couple of residents.”

The Zeppelin, piloted by Captain Lieutenant Hans Fritz, failed to destroy any military targets, but its bombs did claim the lives of two Yarmouth residents, spinster Martha Taylor and shoemaker Samuel Smith.

So next time you’re wandering round Yarmouth, why not head to St Peter Plain and check out this surprising piece of global and local history.

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