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Memorial
Title

Midland Railway Carriage and Wagon Works - Zeppelin Raid

Images
Setting Locationl Plaque
Locations
Last known location:
J Building
Litchurch Lane Works
Litchurch La
Litchurch
Derby
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE24 8AD

NGR:
SK 36396 34342
(From online digital mapping)
Location details:
Roughly in the middle of the workshop.
Type
Overall type: Plaque.


Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible.

Description:

A wall-mounted, oblong, cast metal plaque with a plain raised border. The inscription is in raised capital block lettering and the background is coloured black.


Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Plaque Metal c120 c200 c15 Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
ZEPPELIN
BOMB
FELL HERE
FEB 1ST. 1916

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
Number died 0
Number served and returned 0
Total names 0
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be Bombardier Transportation (UK) Ltd.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Derby County Borough Council (Derby Corporation)
From 1974 to 1997: Derby District (later Borough and from 1977 City) Council and Derbyshire County Council.
From 1997: The unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
History
19 March 2013: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Andy Savage. It was in good condition and had obviously been refixed in recent years.

Over almost a century the site evolved from the Midland Railway Company, The London Midland and Scottish Railway Company, British Railways, ABB Daimler-Benz Transportation (Adtranz), and Bombardier Transportation (UK) Ltd.
References
An account of the raid is given on this local website.
Comments
On 1st February 1916 a Type L14 Zeppelin dropped 21 bombs on 5 locations in Derby although the crew subsequently reported that they had bombed Liverpool. Four direct deaths were recorded in the town but only minor damage was caused by the 5 bombs that fell on the Carriage and Wagon Works. Three workshops were hit: the Carriage Building Shop, the Wagon Building Shop and the Smithy. The Carriage Building Shop was demolished after 1985 but the other two buildings remain. The smithy was in the building now known as J Shop. It is not known whether further plaques were ever erected at the other locations. In addition to the four direct casualties the death of a local resident, Mrs Sarah Constantine, was also attributed to the raid.
Page © Roy Branson