Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Zeppelin Attack Which Killed 22 Is Remembered

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Zeppelin Attack Which Killed 22 Is Remembered

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Byline: Laura Hill Reporter Laura.Hill@trinitymirror.com

Counc Barry Curran and Carol Curran unveiling memorial bench with World War Two veterans Jack Watson and George Waller Counc Barry Curran and Carol Curran unveiling memorial bench with World War Two veterans Jack Watson and George Waller ONE century after the First World War bought horror to Wearside, generations have come together to remember those who lost their lives in the Zeppelin attack on Sunderland.

A programme of centenary commemorations of the First World War air raid attack which devastated the city, killing 22 people and injuring over 100 residents, have taken place.

Monkwearmouth Station was hit when the German military dropped 32 explosives and 22 incendiaries across Sunderland on April 1, 1916.

Among those killed were a tram inspector, and a man who was winding up the clock on the Wheatsheaf Corporation Transport Tower.

Tram conductress Sally Ann Holmes, whose tram was wrecked in the raid, was also injured.

She later recalled: "A bomb fell clean through my tram. I was blown right out and I came to rest in water coming from a burst main."

On the 100th anniversary of the attack, the Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Barry Curran was joined by guests including community and veterans' groups for a public unveiling of a memorial bench at the Wheatsheaf Green. The Mayor then travelled with his guests to Monkwearmouth Station Museum for the launch of the 'Zeppelin' art structure created by children at Grange Park Primary.

Coun Curran said: "It is hard to imagine what people must have experienced at the time with bombs raining down on their communities, and we need to commemorate both their suffering and their bravery facing such an attack.

"The memorial bench provides the opportunity for people to sit and reflect on what happened, while our young people have used their creative talents to capture the emotions children must have experienced a hundred years to create the Zeppelin artwork. …

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