The dreaded Zed. I’ve been worrying about this one since posting A is for Abracadabra all those weeks ago, wondering what on earth I could come up with for Zed and whether joining this ABC Wednesday thing was such a good idea. As it happened, I came up with a few, but I shall share just the one and keep the others in reserve for next time.
In keeping with my posts about the history of the place I grew up, Z is for Zeppelin and the 3rd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment that was based in Ashton where you will find their official museum.
The 3rd Battalion was a special reserve mobilised in Ashton in August 1914 as Britain declared war on Germany and the troops were sent to Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire as part of the coastal defences.
At 1:30am on 1 April 1916, German Naval Zeppelin L22 commanded by Kapitanleutnant Martin Dietrich was seen approaching Cleethorpes from the south east. London and East Anglia were the intended bombing targets, but the Zeppelin had engine problems and the attack was switched to Grimsby docks.
Passing over Cleethorpes, it dropped a flare which fell on the river end of the pier and then turned back over the railway station, dropped three bombs which hit the Baptist Chapel, the council office at the corner of Cambridge Street, the third falling in Sea View Street.
The bomb falling on the slate roof of the chapel detonated on impact and half the roof was demolished, a large part falling into the building in which the men of the Manchester Regiment were standing-to. The upper part of the wall and the copingstone off the north end were thrown on to the corrugated iron roof of the shops in which the men of “A” Company were quartered.
The night was intensely dark and no lights could be shown as the Zeppelin was still dropping bombs in the fields around Humberstone, so the rescue work was carried out under very trying conditions. The Regimental Medical Inspection Room couldn’t cope with the wounded and the town hall and Yarra House were used as dressing stations.
The total casualties that night were 31 killed or died of wounds and 51 injured or wounded. Twenty-four were buried at Cleethorpes Cemetery and five taken home for burial and on 1 April 2001 the Manchester Chapel was dedicated in the Cleethorpes Baptist Church in memory of the soldiers killed.
As for the Zeppelin L22, it went on to bomb Sheffield later that year, but was eventually shot down over the North Sea in May 1917.
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