Colchester's first air raid commemorated with a plaque

One hundred years to the day when Colchester experienced its first air raid has been commemorated with a plaque where a bomb fell on 21st February 1915 during the First World War.

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Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell with local historian Andrew Phillips (left) and Essex Police Assistant Chief Constable Maurice Mason in front of the plaque in Butt Road to mark the site of the first air raid in Colchester during the First World War.

It was unveiled by Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell who commissioned and paid for the plaque which has been fixed to the wall of the Police Station car park at the site of former house 41 Butt Road which was hit. Fortunately there were no casualties.

A lone German plane flew over Colchester and the pilot threw a bomb out of the cockpit.

Local historian Mr Andrew Phillips gave an account of what occurred before Sir Bob unveiled the plaque.

Sir Bob said: "This was the first air raid on Colchester - it was completely new. It brought war straight to the civilian population, a direct enemy attack, and it is historically significant.

"I thought it was an event worthy of marking in our town's rich history."

He thanked Essex Police for their co-operation, and Mrs Rosemary Jewers of Colchester Civic Society for her assistance in having the plaque made.


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