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Henry T Good
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Birth: unknown
Death: May 31, 1915
Hackney
Greater London, England

Henry and his wife Caroline were the first London civilian casualties of the Great War having been killed during the first Zeppelin raid on London. The charred bodies of this couple were found kneeling in prayer, Henry's arm still around his wife.Their home was 186 Balls Pond Road, Hackney.

Deaths Jun 1915 Good Henry T 49 Hackney 1b 544

The 1st bomb fell on 16 Alkham rd, Stoke Newington.There were 7 fatalities and 35 persons were injured. The Military Zeppelin L.Z.38 (which had made three previously unsuccessful attempts to reach London) succeeded in reaching the North-East section of the capital,where she dropped 89 incendiary bombs and 30 grenades.9 British aeroplanes attempted to intercept her,but failed due mainly to the height at which the L.Z.38 operated.(10,000 feet and above)

There is also an account of this raid in 'Warneford VC' by Mary Gibson, published by the Fleet Air Arm Museum in 1979. The following is a short precis:

The LZ38 reached the Thames at 10am, in fine weather, with a light north to north west wind. The airship was sighted over Margate. It then proceeded to the Essex shore of the estuary and followed a curving inland course from Shoeburyness, over Billericay and Brentwood, arriving over London - the first attack being Stoke Newington about 11.20pm. It then proceeded in a loop over Hoxton, Shoreditch,Whitechapel, Stepney, West Ham and Leytonstone dropping about one ton of bombs before passing over the Crouch at 12.30pm on the return journey. Throughout the raid the airship was unseen and almost unheard , due to its height, adding to the fear and uncertainty on the ground.

The Admiralty issued instructions to the press at the time that the exact localties affected, were not to be named, nor the observed course of the airships to be described or shown in the press by way of maps, thus depriving the enemy of any confirmatory intelligence or any information to confirm the accuracy of their navigation. Only the briefest of reports were permitted - casualties could be ennumerated but only the minimum details in terms of damage.
Interestingly, according to the Police report, the delay to the Fire Brigade caused by the fires at 49 and 50 Mildmay Road prevented them arriving at the fire at Balls Pond Road in time to extinguish the fire at the home of Mr and Mrs Good.
 
 
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  Caroline Good (____ - 1915)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
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Created by: geoffrey gillon
Record added: Mar 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86692439
 

 
 
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