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The Folkestone Air Raid

There have been a few accounts of the Folkestone Air Raid (also known as the Tontine Street Bombing or the Gotha Bombing) which happened on 25th May 1917 - so I will not attempt to write about it again. Except to say that this bombing raid saw the death of almost 100 people - including many children. The bomb that hit Tontine Street was the tail end of an air raid which came across from Ashford over Hythe and Shorncliffe - but it dropped just one bomb in Tontine street and killed around 60 people who were doing their shopping there - many were queuing outside the green grocers waiting to be served. This listing of air raid victims are the ones who are buried in the old Folkestone cemetery (Cheriton Road).

Name

Howard Hayward Banks Eliza Mary Barker Maggie Gray Bartleet Annie Beer & Anie (Rosie) Beer (mother and daughter) Stephen Arthur Beer & William James Beer (brothers) Sydney Brockway David John (John) Burke Hilda Elizabeth Burvill George Edward Butcher Albert Edward Castle William (Willie) Clark Phyllis Aimes Cooper Frederick Charles Day Sarah Jane & Edith Agnes Dicker (mother and daughter) Edith May Eales Florence (Florrie) Francis Edward Stephen Gould Richard Ashby Graves  Edith Mary (Edie) Grimes William Henry Hall Johanna Mary Hambly Ethel L Hambrook Caroline Harris Fanny Harrison Martha Godden & Dennis William Hayes (mother and son) Louise Alice Hayward Mary Philhemina & Veronica Mary Holloway (sisters) Rosina (Rose) Caroline Hughes Dorothy Bertha Jackman Katherine Euphemia Laxton Agnes Curran (Madge) McDonald Albert Edward Charles (Charlie) McDonald Elizabeth Maxted Ernest Henry McGuire Florence Louise & Florence Kathleen & William Alfred Norris (mother and children)  Mabel Reed John Walter Francis (Jackie) Robinson Florence (Florrie) Rumsey William Henry & Arthur Ernest Stokes (father and son) Edith Gwendoline (Gwennie) Terry Doris Eileen Spencer Walton Elizabeth Charlotte Waugh Isabel Wilson For a full listing of air raid victims it is well worth reading Martin Easdown with Thomas Genths book ‘A Glint In The Sky’ which contains details about the gotha bombers and the event itself set in historical context.
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The Folkestone Air Raid

There have been a few accounts of the Folkestone Air Raid (also known as the Tontine Street Bombing or the Gotha Bombing) which happened on 25th May 1917 - so I will not attempt to write about it again. Except to say that this bombing raid saw the death of almost 100 people - including many children. The bomb that hit Tontine Street was the tail end of an air raid which came across from Ashford over Hythe and Shorncliffe - but it dropped just one bomb in Tontine street and killed around 60 people who were doing their shopping there - many were queuing outside the green grocers waiting to be served. This listing of air raid victims are the ones who are buried in the old Folkestone cemetery (Cheriton Road).

Name

Howard Hayward Banks Eliza Mary Barker Maggie Gray Bartleet Annie Beer & Anie (Rosie) Beer (mother and daughter) Stephen Arthur Beer & William James Beer (brothers) Sydney Brockway David John (John) Burke Hilda Elizabeth Burvill George Edward Butcher Albert Edward Castle William (Willie) Clark Phyllis Aimes Cooper Frederick Charles Day Sarah Jane & Edith Agnes Dicker (mother and daughter) Edith May Eales Florence (Florrie) Francis Edward Stephen Gould Richard Ashby Graves  Edith Mary (Edie) Grimes William Henry Hall Johanna Mary Hambly Ethel L Hambrook Caroline Harris Fanny Harrison Martha Godden & Dennis William Hayes (mother and son) Louise Alice Hayward Mary Philhemina & Veronica Mary Holloway (sisters) Rosina (Rose) Caroline Hughes Dorothy Bertha Jackman Katherine Euphemia Laxton Agnes Curran (Madge) McDonald Albert Edward Charles (Charlie) McDonald Elizabeth Maxted Ernest Henry McGuire Florence Louise & Florence Kathleen & William Alfred Norris (mother and children)  Mabel Reed John Walter Francis (Jackie) Robinson Florence (Florrie) Rumsey William Henry & Arthur Ernest Stokes (father and son) Edith Gwendoline (Gwennie) Terry Doris Eileen Spencer Walton Elizabeth Charlotte Waugh Isabel Wilson For a full listing of air raid victims it is well worth reading Martin Easdown with Thomas Genths book ‘A Glint In The Sky’ which contains details about the gotha bombers and the event itself set in historical context.
ABOUT THE FOLKESTONE AIR RAID