Air raids by Zeppelins

'Should the people be warned?'

RBKC Local Studies

Broughshane Scrapbook Vol. 4
Broughshane Scrapbook Vol. 4

Following on from a previous post, which included mention of Edmund Dulac’s wife and her fear of zeppelin raids, there are a number of newspaper articles debating whether people should be warned these air raids in Lord Broughshane’s scrapbooks for February and March of 1916. The Mayor of Holborn suggests that, against the opinion of the government, London residents should be given as much warning as possible; ‘if people were warned there would be very much less risk of loss of life, and probably less damage to property from fire, and the after effects of explosions’. In contrast, the Mayor of Kensington agrees with the government; ‘I do not deem it to be practicable or desirable that a general warning should be sent throughout London as soon as the Authorities have notice that Zeppelins are on their way.’ He continues to state that ‘were every part of the London district to be advised as soon as a Zeppelin reached our shores, it appears to me that an enormous amount of quite unnecessary dislocation of business as well as anxiety and risk to the old and nervous would be occasioned.’ Read the newspaper articles to see a continuation of the Mayor of Kensington’s opinion alongside views of other MP’s and esteemed people of the time.

This page was added on 29/02/2016.

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