Tipton Zeppelin Raid WW1

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Reference WMO252927

Address:

Tipton Library

Owen House

17 Unity Walk

Tipton

DY4 8QL

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Glass Glass
  • Paper Paper
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Other
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: this is a handwritten memorial with an inscription on the top with names written below. It is behind glass set in a pale board surround then inserted into a wooden frame. It is situated on the same wall as other war memorials. In addition, on the outside wall of the premises of H C Pullinger and Son, 30 Union Street, Tipton DY4 8QJ, there is a blue plaque erected by Tipton Civic Society to commemorate the site of the crater caused during the raid. The Black Country was targeted by mistake as the German airship pilot mistook Wednesbury for Merseyside with 33 people killed in total. Bombs first hit Union Street in Tipton at around 8pm, with around five falling in the area. One also fell outside Tipton railway station and more around Barnfield Road trading estate. In Union Street, two houses were demolished and others damaged and the gas main was set alight. The L19 Zeppelin was later found in the North Sea, having crashed off the coast at Grimsby. It had started dropping its own bombs after L21 and although no-one was killed, significant damage was caused
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in the library - "In remembrance of/the lives of fourteen persons/ named below with their ages, lost in/ the Zeppelin air-raid on Tipton/ during the night of/ 31st January-1st February 1916." Tipton Civic Society On the night of/31st January 1916/Tipton was hit by a/Zeppelin Raid/ which claimed 14 lives/Most of the Casualties /occurred in Union Street/H C Pullinger & Sons

Elizabeth Cartwright 35/ Thomas Henry Church 57/Arthur Edwards 26/ Benjamin Goldie 42/ Mary Greensill 67/ William Greensill 64/Martin Morris 11/ Nellie Morris 8/ Sarah Jane Morris 44/ George H Onions 12/ Daniel Whitehouse 34/ Annie Wilkinson 44/ Frederick K Yates 9/ Louisa Yorke 30

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