25th May 2017
THE MEMORIAL SERVICEA Memorial Service to all those killed and injured in the Raid was held on 25th May 2017 at 5.00pm in The Methodist Church, Sandgate Road, Folkestone. It was a Service to remember the largest single incidence of Civilian Casualties outside London in WW1.
About two hundred people attended the service many being descendents of the victims of the raid. Information on the raid was provided by the Folkestone and District Family History Society, The Maidstone Record Office, by Martin Easdown a local historian who has written a book with details of all the fataliies and by Margaret Care a great grandaughter of Frederick Stokes (of Stokes Brothers). These last named being the organisers of a very successful day.
A steady stream of people came throughout the afternoon and many found new information on their ancestors. The church was completely full for the service at 5pm. This included hymns which were sung at the original memorial service in 1917. The names of the victims were read out and a list of those killed together with a list of known injured was included with the order of service.
After the service a plaque listing names of the 81 killed in Tontine Street and the surrounding area was unveiled jointly in The Christchurch Memorial Gardens at 6.22pm by Vic Throgood from the Fire Service and Ted Cotterill the great grandson of the oldest person to die in the raid. Wreaths were laid by The Folkestone Town Mayor Roger West who laid the wreath from the Town, and Ashley Anderton aged 10 laid the wreath to the adults and his sister Katie aged 7 laid hers for the children. Ashley and Katie are the great-great grandchildren of Frederick Stokes. Flowers were left by many descendents.
|Unveiling The Plaque|
|Unveiling the Plaque at 6.22pm 100 years later. With thanks to Hattie Miles for these photos.|
|The Plaque in position|
|Christchurch Memorial Gardens, Folkestone, Kent are on the corner of Sandgate Road and Manor Road. CT20 2DA.|
|The Plaque Details|
|A list of Civilian Deaths Resulting from the Air Raid of 25 May 1917 (showing locations)|
|A list of Injured Civilians Resulting from the Air Raid of 25 May 1917|
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