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the later Victorian and Edwardian times 1890 to 1919

The First World War

On the night of 31st May to 1st June 1915, with a full moon, a German airship dropped grenades on Florence Street, Park Grove Road, Granleigh Road, Dyer's Hall Road and Fillebrook Road Leytonstone, and 3 people were slightly injured.  

On the night of 17th to 18th August 1915 airship L10 dropped a bomb on Baker's Avenue, Leyton which demolished 4 flats and shattered all the windows in the street.  4 men, 2 women and 2 children were injured.  3 bombs fell in the grounds of the Baker's Almshouses, badly damaging the tramway depot, causing a slight fire and breaking the windows of 7 shops.  1 man slightly injured.  A bomb on Dunton Road damaged a house and broke the windows of others.  A bomb on Farmer Road south of the railway damaged a house.  4 bombs fell on and around the Leyton Midland station booking office and a billiard saloon in a railway arch, with one house damaged, windows broken in others and the Mary Fletcher Wesleyan Chapel.  3 men and 1 woman were killed, 7 men, 4 women and 3 children were injured.  Charles Nicholson remembered : “On the night of August 17th 1915, my father and I were in a billiards saloon under the railway arch of Leyton (L.M.S.) Station  .  .  . the third bomb fell outside the saloon door which, like the front, was all glass  .  .  . My father and I were badly cut by the flying glass  .  .  . on the opposite side of the road, a night-watchman was killed in his cabin  .  .  .”  >>

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