Symud i'r prif gynnwys
Cuddio Rhestr Erthyglau

18 erthygl ar y dudalen hon


Rhestrau Manwl, Canlyniadau a Chanllawiau

RAID ON YARMOUTH. ——— -0 Several Killed and Injured. j Yarmouth and the surrounding neigh- bourhood received a risitation from. iteute,n aviators on Tuesday evening .about 8.30. Several bombs were dropped, four people being killed and many in- jured. Considerable damage was done to property. It ie now clear that the air raid on Yar- mouth and the north-east corner of Nor- folk was carried out by three Zeppelins. They crossed the North Sea in company, and separated about thirty mile-e from the coast. One made for Yarmouth. One made a tour of the coast towns of the Wash. The third went overland towards San- dringham and King's Lynn. The net result of the raid may be sum- marked as follows > Two women, one boy, and a man were kiMed. '¡ A baby girl and thirty-one adults were injured. Some thousands of pounds' worth of damage was done to property. Big Buildings Untouched. The further the investigation goes into the effects of the raid the more extra- ordinary does the escape of the larger and more important buildings in Yar- mouth appear. No building of any magnitude, apart, from the prominently situated St. Peter's Church, has sustained the slightest in- jury. The extinguishing of lights apparently proved inconvenient to the hostile air- men, as villagers residing a few miles from Yarmouth stated that one aircraft was seen casting a light upon the ground over a considerable area, as though in BOsarch of objects by which the aviators could discover their bearings. In u brief German official report it is j stated, with the callous disregard for facts characteristic of these reports, that the raid was made on a number of fortified places." The absurdity of such a conten- tion may be seen in the following list of places on which bombs were dropped: Yarmouth. Snettisham. Beeston. Dersingham. Sheringham. King's Lynn. I Heacham. Grimston. In all twenty-two bombs were dropped. I Some failed to explode, but where detona- tion took place considerable damage was done. Mr. Raik^s, Recorder of King's Lynn, charging the Grand Jury at the Quarter Sessions, said it was hard to talk of peace when the blood of innocent victims reddened the very stones of King's Lynn, where murder, dastardjf, cruel murder, under the cover of dark, had been brought about. The only defence against such raids was to end the w»r. Another mil- lion men now would njrean in the autumn an army against which no Continental Power could stand. NAMES OF THE KILLnu. The- names of tite killed and injured i hs far as they are known, are as follow* I YARMOUTH. Killed. I Samuel Smtth? shoemaker, knied out- side his h?.se at St. Peter's PlaiR. near St. Peer's Church. Mrs. Martha Taylor, aged Mventy-two, killed whyie walking along St. Peter's Plain. I njured. I Private Poulton, of the 5th Essex Regi- ment stationed at Yarmouth, wounded by a piece of shrapnel in the chest E. Ems, a fish curei-, slightly. One other person, slightly. KING'S LYNN. Killed. Mrs. Gazley, ageei. twenty-five, widow of a soldier killed at the front. Her body was found yesterday morning in the ruins of a house destroyed by a bomb. j Percy Goate, p^'ed fourteen, killed in bed at his home in Bentinck-street. j Injured. I Mr. and Mrs. Go?tes-and their bay. j T?-enty-?efen other persons. j 4500 Damage by One Bomb. I At to-day's meeting of the Yarmouth Port and Haven Commission, their resi- r denlf engineer reported damage sustained I to fne fish wharf and adjacent properties l frpiu a single bomb. He stated that the bomb apparently -contained shrapnel, which sp/ead in all directions. This one bomb alone caused havoc which it was officially estimated will i;ost between £ 500 and £ 600 to repair. The (engineer added that another bomb fell I into the harbour, where it exploded in the water, and the face of the quay was damaged by the flying pieces of metal. A much-discussed topic in Yarmouth is the number of bombs dropped. As many I as nine have been traced by careful inves- tigation, but not all were of the same type or power, and it is believed tha tthe first to fall, which exploded harmlessly in a garden, was a small incendiary bomb. intended to start a fire to give a good light by which to pick out the places the j rman airmen had marked out for de- struction. Though there are, three railway stations in fairly close proximity at Yarmouth, not one sustained the smalleet injuries, nor have the lines been found to be damaged anywhere. The herring fleet which was moored near the fisli wharf, had fortunately been moved up the river two days before the raid. How the Airship Came to King's Lynn. [ The district vhich suffered most severely appears to have been Kin. Lvnn. At H.dO p.m. on Tuesday night i?ie official warning of the proximity of the Zeppelin reached the Chief Constable who 1 promptly made the moat complete arrangements. At exactly 10.30 Mr. Barrett, deputy town clerk of King's Lynn, heard a 'terrific noise as the air craft passed over Hunstanton. He says: We went out. I could see a great dim shape against the sky, moving rapidly. The night was dark but clear; the stars were glittering. The machine came from the sea. hovered over us for about live minutes, went out to sea again as if to make sure of her bearings, and then returned aud made off very fclst. following the line of the railway. She dropped no bombs in our vicinity, Lot soon afterwards we heard the b-.i?g of one which she had thrown some miles twav." The airship, it is said. chased a light engine going from Hunstanton to Lynn, probably as a KHidf to his dirediou. The engine driver put on every ounc& of &tcam aad made a winning race of it. At about 10.45." says the police superinten- dent in that part of the county, "the Zeppelin sailed over my house, and that is as near as she ,got to Sandringham. which is a milp or 80 away. She dropped no bombs here. The evidence seems beyond dispute that at this part of her journey the airship was flying low. Some put it at 300ft. She flew on to King's Lynn, ard there did as much damage as she ecru1 .t aocom-plish in ¡ the short time at her disposal. At least nine bombs were dropped on Great Yarmouth. Two failed to explode. The other seven have wrought very con- siderable damage to civilian property, but. as the harbour master puts it, There is about as much significance in it as there was when the Germans last visited us, and that was nothing." Historic Church Attacked. At Swtisham, the parish ciuirch QÍ J village, a beautiful specimen of 14th- century architecture, thrusts a tapering epire towards the sky; it is known as one of the three spires of Norfolk and it is an ancient friend of mariners, who use it as a landmark. No German airman can resist a church; but by a mercy he unseed this 'one by nearly 100 yards. The j bomb made a deep and wide how in the ground. The east window of the church and all the windows of the south aisle were shattered. An old Styleman" mural Jittnument in the south transept was displaced by the explosion and shattered j on the floor. Fortunately the grand old fabric of the church was scarcely dean- aged and the painted west window is practically as good as ever. Heavy Bombs, The bombs launched by the hostile airmen at Yarmouth (says an Agency message) were of cone shape, 23in. in length and weighed about lOOlbs An unexploded bomb found near the I'i&h "Wharf required the united exer- tions of two men to lift it. and it is pretty clear that aeroplanes could not carry such missiles. A Warning Dropped. At Brancaster a missile containing some inflammable substance was dropped. Jt made a hole six inches deep in the road near the Red Cross Hospital. j One of the pieces ot the missile dropped bore a large inscription, printed in German, the first word being Wara- ung (warning). I Over the Town of Sneek. Amsterdam, January 20.-The airships en route to England passed AraeJancl and Terschelling. The Chief of Staff at the Netherlands Admiralty issued a state- ment this morning, which lias been pub- lished in the papers here, to the effect that i the airships did not cross Dutch terri- tory. I Correspondents to-dav report that the returning airships passed over the town of Sneek and over Hommerts, near Sneak, in Friesland. between midnight and 1 o'clock this morning. That undoubtedly is Dutch territory. So far as the Zeppelins returned over Dutch territory, they passed in the early hours of the morning when everyone was asleep. There seems no doubt that one was heard at Sneek and in the neighbour- hood of Frieetland travelling north soon after midnight. An hour later one was also heard passing landwards at Wyk-aaD- Zee, on the North Holland coast. These seem to be the only places where the raiders wero returning, and in the dark- ness identification or accurate description of the craft was of course impossible. Scenes of Enthusiasm at Berlin. I Amsterdam, Wednesday, Jan. 20.—-An official telegram from Berlin saysOn the night of January 19 naval airships u-ridei-iook- an attack on some fortified places on the English east coast. The weather was foggy and rainy. Several bombs were successfully dropped. The airships were shot at.* but returned un- hiirt.(Signed), Deputy Chief of the Ad- miralty Staff, von Behnl,-e .-Reuter. Only a Beginning." I Amsterdam, Wednesday, Jan. 20.— Reports received here this afternoon from Berlin state that the news of the Zeppelin raid on East Anglia has caused the wildest delight and satisfaction throughout Ger- many. It is stated that the raid had been planned for months past, and only awaited the opportunity for its accom- plishment. It is also stated that it is only a beginning." Newspaper comment is ettfogistic, and runs on the lines that German genius has at last ended the legend that England was invulnerable owing to her insularity. The rumour published in England to the effect that one of the Zeppelins had I been brought down is not mentioned in any of the messages from Berlin, but up to noon none of the airships had returned to their bases.—Exchange Special. Copenhagen, Wednesday, Jan. 20.-1 have just received a private telegram from Berlin which describes the people's joy at the success of the Zeppelin attack as being- wildly enthusiastic. I have an int.iitive feeling that the joy could not have been gteatcr even if Dr. Barnaao's Homes had been destroyed.— ExchaoRe Special. American Opinion. I New iork, January 20th.—Commenting on the air raid in an editorial entitled "'4 ore a "More Slaughter of Innocents," the "New York Herald asks, Is it the madness of despair or just plain everyday madness that prompted the Germans to select for attack peaceful undefended resorts on I England's iDast Coast? What can Ger- many hope to gain from these wantoa attacks on undefended places and the slaughter of innocents? Certainly not the good opinion of the peoples of neutral nations, for these know that the rules of civilised warfare call for notice of bom- bardment even of places ?r?t6ed and defended."—Reuter.
















[No title]