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Guided Walk:Guided walk on the Zeppelin raids of WW1 at Great Yarmouth

Guided Walk, Wed 19 May 2021, free entry



A Zeppelin caught by searchlights

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The Zeppelin raid of 1915

During WW1, Great Yarmouth was the first British town to experience the horror of civilian fatalities during an aerial bombardment.
On the morning of 19 January 1915, 2 German Zeppelin airships, the L3 and L4, took off from Fuhlsbüttel in Hamburg, Germany. The airships had been heading for the Humber, but bad weather led them to reroute and discharge their bombs over Norfolk.
The Zeppelin airships crossed the Norfolk coastline at about 8.30pm. The L3, captained by Captain Lieutenant Johann Fritz, then turned south east, towards Great Yarmouth, and the L4, under the command of Kapitanleutnant Count Magnus von Platen-Hallermund, turned north west, towards King’s Lynn.
The L3’s path
After dropping parachute flares between the coastal villages of Happisburgh and Winterton to assist navigation, and incendiary bombs with no fatalities caused, the Zeppelin L3 dropped bombs on the working-class district of St Peters Plain in Great Yarmouth.
The bombing's 2 fatalities were killed instantly. Samuel Smith, a 53-year-old shoemaker, was the first British civilian to be killed by aerial bombardment. He was said to be standing in the road when the bomb dropped. Martha Taylor, 72, lived at 22 St Peter’s Plain, and was next to be killed in the attack. A blue plaque, unveiled in 2012, stands in their memory on St Peter’s Plain.
Our guide Steve Smith will show you these sights and talk you through the route of L3. Along the way Steve will be pointing out sights of German raids during World War 2.

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 19 May 2021 10:00 to 14:30
The meeting point is at Great Yarmouth train station at 10.00 and will finish at the Star Hotel for lunch.


Free entry

The cost per head is £75 including the lunch which we serve non-acholic drinks and can be booked up on our website or contact me at

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 19 May Guided walk on the Zeppelin raids of WW1
Fri 10 - Sun 19 Sep Heritage Open Days


Town Centre,
Great Yarmouth,
NR30 2EN