Bomb damage in Edridge Road, Croydon, 1915

Bomb damage to properties on Edridge Road, Croydon, probably sustained during the Zeppelin raid on the night of 13 - 14 October 1915. Imperial War Museum collection ref: © IWM (HO 16)

Bomb damage to properties on Edridge Road, Croydon, probably sustained during the Zeppelin raid on the night of 13 – 14 October 1915. Imperial War Museum collection ref: © IWM (HO 16)

On 13 October 1915 five German airships left their bases on the northern coast of Germany bound for London. Zeppelin L14 had set off from Nordholz, under the command of 36 year old Kapitanleutenant Alois Böcker.

The raid led to nine deaths and fifteen serious injuries in Croydon that night.

These houses in Edridge Road where the first to be hit, at 11.18pm. A mother and daughter were thrown from their bed out into the street by the force of the blast, and a baby was left trapped in the wreckage of the house whose roof had collapsed. He was subsequently rescued unharmed by the fire brigade.

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