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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day

8th September 1915

On this day:

  • Court Martial   6th County of London Brigade RFA report Issue of blankets carried out - one per man. Court Martial at Haillicourt. President Major P.J. Clifton.

    War Diaries

  • 8th September 1915 Pioneers instructed

  • Zeppelin raid on London   8/9th September The Navy attempted to follow up the Army's success the following night. Three Zeppelins were directed against London and one against the benzol plant at Skinningrove.
    • L 11 turned back early with engine trouble;
    • L 14 suffered the same problem while over Norfolk: its bombs were dropped on East Dereham and the Zeppelin returned home.
    • L 13 reached London, approaching over Golders Green, Kapitšnleutnant Heinrich Mathy began bombing around 2240.

    The bomb-load included a 300-kilogram (660 lb) device, the largest yet carried. This exploded on Bartholomew Close near Smithfield Market, destroying several houses and killing two men. Further bombs fell on the textile warehouses north of St Paul's Cathedral, causing a fire which despite the attendance of 22 fire engines caused over half a million pounds damage:

    Mathey then turned east, dropping his remaining bombs on Liverpool Street station. The Zeppelin was repeatedly caught by searchlights and all 26 anti-aircraft guns in London were active, but every shell exploded too low and the falling shrapnel caused both damage and alarm on the ground. Three aircraft were in the air. None even saw the Zeppelin; one crashed on landing, killing the pilot. The raid killed 22 people and injured 87. The monetary damage was over one sixth of the total damage inflicted by bombing raids during the war.

    John Doran

  • 8th Sep 1915 HMHS Valdivia sails

  • 8th Sept 1915 65th Bde Inspected

  • 8th Sep 1915 Enemy Engaged

  • 8th Sep 1915 Draft arrives

  • 8th Sep 1915 5th Lincs Relieved by 4th Leics

  • 8th Sep 1915 In Billets

  • 8th Sep 1915 Inspection

  • 8th Sep 1915 On the March

  • 8th Sep 1915 Working Parties

  • 8th Sep 1915 Machine Guns Active

  • 8th Sep 1915 Communication Issues

  • 8th Sep 1915 On Ranges

  • 8th Sep 1915 Shelling

  • 8th Sep 1915 Training

  • 8th of September 1915 More Troops Join

  • 8th of September 1915 GOC's Inspection

  • 8th Sep 1915 On the Move

  • 8th of September 1915 

  • 8th September 1915 

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Reginald Johnston. Royal Army Medical Corps 89th Field Ambulance Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. Robert Piggin. Rifle Brigade 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfm. George William Southam. Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) 12th Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Edward Lewis Vickary. Norfolk Regiment 4th Btn.

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