Terror from the Sky – 95th Anniversary of Zeppelin raid on Hedon

Zeppelin bombing

AN EXPLOSION WOKE RESIDENTS in the early hours of 22nd August 1917. Windows rattled, rafters creaked and the ground shook. Hedon was the victim of an air raid by a Zeppelin!

The war-time bombing, 95 years ago today, was the first time that Hedon had experienced such a terrifying attack. The deadly airships had been spotted by Hedon outposts in the past heading up the Humber – but this was the first time that the town itself ended up being the target.

The Zeppelin had been undetected in the night and it struck with no warning. Fortunately there were no casualties. However, the bombing completely destroyed the Primitive Methodist Chapel that stood on Baxter Gate. The building was never repaired and eventually demolished years later. It was later replaced by a building on Church Lane – Hedon Methodist Church.

The attack was part of a series of raids over the Midlands and the North East coast on the 21st and 22nd August 1917.

There were over 50 Zeppelin raids on Britain during the Great War (1914-18), claiming the lives of more than 500 people.

About the Author

Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (photo by Neil Holmes) is a former community development manager but now describes himself as a beat-blogger or citizen-journalist. Ray lives in Hedon and also edits the Hedon Blog and is the Hedon correspondent for the Holderness Gazette.

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