Source 1

Report of the raid by Major General Ferrier, Commander Humber Defences 1915 (AIR 1/569/16/15/142/A)

Transcript

1:- Information was received at 7.25 p.m. that two Zeppelins were in the North Sea.  I attach a copy of the important messages received during the night = “A”.

2:- At 9.30 p.m. I ordered all lights to be extinguished in Hull.

3:- At 11.47 p.m. Hedon, six miles from Hull, reported Zeppelin coming to Hull, and almost immediately, the engines were heard in my telephone office.  My Staff Officer went outside the Hotel and saw a Zeppelin over head, very distinct against a clear sky, at a height estimated by him as 3,000 feet.  He saw three bombs dropped.  As each one left the Zeppelin the airship was clearly lit up.  He then reported to me, and I heard five explosions, and I saw from my window that two fires had started.   [...]

6:- At 12.30 a.m. Brig.General Dixon reported several fires, one serious, which threatened Holy Trinity Church, several casualties, but all details working very well.  Paull reported that the Zeppelin had passed over at 12.15 a.m. going S.E. – counted 32 bombs dropped in Hull City.

7:- All arrangements for collecting wounded and extinguishing fires worked very well.  Great credit is due to the troops and fire brigade for saving Hold Trinity Church, which was only 27′ away from Messes. Davis large establishment, which was burnt to the ground.   [...]

10:- From reports received I am of opinion that there were two Airships in the vicinity of Hull, but only one dropped bombs.

12:- The casualties up to date are 19 (5 men, 9 women & 5 children) killed, 24 seriously wounded, and 40 cases dealt with at dressing stations and sent to their homes.   [...]

17:- In conclusion I beg to state, I am submitting seperately a letter giving my suggestions as to what is in my opinion urgently required in view of other raids.

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1. This is a report of the raid by Major General Ferrier, Commander of the Humber Defences.

  • Find out the basic facts of the raid. Note down: the date, the times when the raid started and finished, how many Zeppelins took part, what direction they were travelling
  • What kind of bombs seem to have been used?
  • How did some people in Hull react to the raids?
  • Why do you think they reacted in this way?
  • How did Major General Ferrier deal with this situation?