Gotha bombing raid on Folkestone
Children were playing football in the street, women were waiting to pick up their ration of potatoes. All was calm and normal in Folkestone at 6pm on Friday, May 25, 1917.
A squadron of 23 Gotha bombers turned on Kent after their planned raid on London failed when they arrived and found heavy cloud cover over the capital. The raiders reached Folkestone shortly after 6pm and began dropping bombs in the west end.
It was the first raid carried out by aeroplanes in British history. Previous attacks had come from zeppelins which had started to be regularly shot down in late 1916.
People were killed in Shorncliffe Road, Manor Road and Foord Road before the final bomb fell on Tontine Street, with fatal consequences.
In loving memory of
Our precious darling
Beloved child of John & Grace Robinson
Who was killed by German aircraft
May 25th 1917 aged 5 1/2 years
Jesus called our little sunbeam
Grace Edith Robinson
Mother of darling Jackie
Also John Robinson Died May 5th 1966 Aged 83 years.
James H. C. Robinson 1914-2002