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First Zeppelin bomb of WW1 First Zeppelin bomb of WW1

Credit for this entry to:
Ross Corben, Roger Shlomo Harris, Simon Dowse, Alan Patient

Plaque: First Zeppelin bomb of WW1


London Borough of Hackney
First bomb of World War One to fall from a Zeppelin on London dropped in the garden of The Nevill Arms public house, 30 May 1915.

This plaque was a mistake and was removed by Hackney.

Site: First Zeppelin bomb of WW1 (1 memorial)

N16, Osterley Road, Osterley Arms

Londonist posted about a nearby house,16 Alkham Road, with a plaque claiming a similar title: the first London house hit in an air raid.  We initially thought this Osterley Road plaque disproved that claim but the first Zeppelin raid on London was definitely on 31 May so this plaque has the date wrong.   So the Alkham Road house wins this undesirable accolade.  We must get over there and collect it soon.

Credit to Ross Corben who first told us about this plaque and then to our friend at the Soho Society, Roger Shlomo Harris, who went along with his camera. And also to Simon Dowse who told us, October 2015, that the plaque has gone missing.   And then to Alan Patient who forwarded this link which explains that this Osterley Road plaque was indeed a mistake - the bomb fell here on the 31st (not the 30th) and, crucially, after the Alkham Road bomb.  

Hackney are probably rather embarassed by this plaque.  We certainly are now heartily sick of it and glad to know that it will not return!

Sorry, but one more point: Hackney have a photo of PC Edmund Forbes posing with, what purports to be, this bomb, unexploded, obviously.  It's sure shaped like "a bomb" and has "169 lbs" written on it. 

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