Greater London, England
Civilian casualty of the Great War,Harriet was 57 and lived at 9 Railway Street,Bromley. She was the wife of George Drewett,a Sluice Man in the employ of Poplar Borough Council, whom she had married in 1912.She was killed by a bomb from a Zeppelin airship-the death certificate details the cause of death as follows:
"Violent shock-fractured skull and other injuries due to an explosion of a bomb thrown from a hostile aircraft"
Harriet had lived at Charney Mill shown here during her first marriage (James Moss)
Marriages Dec 1876
Harris Harriet Faringdon 2c 599
MOSS James Faringdon 2c 599
Deaths Sep 1916
Drewett Harriett 57 Poplar 1c 438
The German airships were operated by both the Army and Navy as two entirely separate divisions. Over the course of World War I, the Zeppelins were mainly used in reconnaissance missions for the Navy. Bombing missions, especially those targeting London, captured the public's imagination, but in the end proved to have only psychological value, and were not a military success. These were executed by both Navy and Army aircraft.The Navy remained aggressive and a twelve Zeppelin raid was launched on September 23–24, eight older craft bombing targets in the Midlands and four M-class Zeppelins (L.30, L.31, L.32, and L.33) attacking London. L.30 did not even cross the coast, dropping its bombs at sea.L.33 dropped a few incendiaries over Upminster before losing its way and making a number of turns, heading over London and dropping bombs on Bromley at around midnight. As the bombs began to explode, the Zeppelin was hit by an anti-aircraft shell fired from the guns at either Beckton, Wanstead, or Victoria Park despite being at 13,000 feet. Dropping bombs now to shed weight, a large number fell on homes in Botolph Road and Bow Road. As the craft headed towards Chelmsford it continued to lose height, coming under fire at Kelvedon Hatch and briefly exchanging fire with a BE2c. Despite the efforts of the crew, L.33, captained by Alois Buecher,was forced to the ground at around 01:15 in a field close to New Hall Cottages, Little Wigborough. The Zeppelin was set alight and the crew headed south.Special Constable Edgar Nicholas, who lived nearby, made his way to the scene and came across the crew walking along a road. At Peldon,they identified themselves as the Zeppelin crew and he arrested them. Other officers later joined them and the local constable, Pc 354 Charles Smith, arranged for the prisoners to be handed over to the military to be taken off to a prisoner-of-war camp.
L33 was one of two Zeppelins which were brought down in Essex.These were newly designed and built Zeppelins, superior to the Zeppelins which had previously flown over England.
Once again the airship was the subject of great attention by spectators, but the guarding of it was expeditiously arranged by the military as parts of the airship were still relatively undamaged. Indeed, she was later studied in great detail and many aspects of her design were incorporated into later British airship designs.
Created by: geoffrey gillon
Record added: Nov 09, 2011
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