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From: "Roger Hailwood" <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Zeppelins
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2005 14:57:23 +0100
The German Cemetery on Cannock Chase where the Zeppelin crash victims are
buried is a quiet somewhat sombre place. All of the memorials are of black
marble, very much in contrast with the memorials in the Commonwealth War
Graves Cemeteries with their ranks of gleaming white stones. Each year
groups of German youth come for a camp to maintain the cemetery much as
British youth travel abroad to tend the CWG cemeteries.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred" <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2005 2:28 PM
Subject: [Ess] Zeppelins
> Dear Patricia,
> L32 was shot down the same night and 30 or so Germans sailors were
> buried in Little Burstead churchyard (you can still see the outline of
> the graves) but the sailors were moved to the Staffordshire German War
> Cemetery in Cannock in the 30's, allegedly because of Nazi salutes in
> the churchyard. A German captain of an airship over Hull saw the
> Billericay one burning.
> L31 got away for a time. It and L32 and L33 were naval Zeppelins from
> Friedrichshaven, but I believe the Cuffley one (both my father and my
> mother in law saw it shot down and the crowd sang "It ain't gonna rain
> no more, no more") was a Schutzlanz type L9 manned by soldiers of a
> Uhlan or lancer regiment.
> Both the Cater museum at Billericay, the Essex police museum at
> Little Wigborough church and a pub at Peldon have mementoes or exhibits.
> Pc 354 Smith of Peldon was promoted for his part in the capture of the
> Wigborough crew and was known as "Zepp" for the rest of his service.
> Another one was shot down by Purfleet artillery and crashed in the
> Thames. Southend museum have pictures.
> Fred, Editor,
> Essex Family Historian.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Patricia Salter [mailto:]
> Hi Colleen
> That was extremely interesting. I had no idea that Zeppelins bombed us
> during the First World War, or the one that crashed in Essex. The only
> I knew about, mainly because of the film, was the one that crashed in
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