The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day
8th September 1915On 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.
- 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.
- 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
Can you add to this factual information? Do you know the whereabouts of a unit on a particular day? Do you have a copy of an official war diary entry? Details of an an incident? The loss of a ship? A letter, postcard, photo or any other interesting snipts?
If your information relates only to an individual, eg. enlistment, award of a medal or death, please use this form: Add a story.
Want to know more?
There are:15 articles tagged with this date available in our Library These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War.
Items from the Home Front Archive
Do you have any letters, photos, postcards, documents or memorabilia from the Great War? We would love to include copies. Please use this form to submit diary entries and letters or photographs for this new Section: add to this archive.
The Wartime Memories Project is a non profit organisation run by volunteers.
This website is paid for out of our own pockets, library subscriptions and from donations made by visitors.
The popularity of the site means that it is far exceeding available resources.
If you are enjoying the site, please consider making a donation, however small
to help with the costs of keeping the site running.
The Wartime Memories Project Website
is archived for preservation by the British Library
Website © Copyright MCMXCIX - MMXVII
- All Rights Reserved