THE TONTINE STREET AIR RAID
25th May 1917, Folkestone, Kent

100 YEAR MEMORIAL SERVICE
25th May 2017

On Friday 25th May 1917 a flight of Gotha planes were returning from a raid on London.
They shed their remaining bombs on Folkestone. Some attacked Shorncliffe Camp,
where 18 were killed, 16 being Canadian Sevicemen and many others were injured.
Other aircraft targeted the Station area, but the worst damage was in Tontine Street
when at 6.22pm just one single bomb fell right outside Stokes Brothers Greengrocers
and opposite Gosnold Brothers Drapery.

It was the Friday of the Bank Holiday Weekend, the Street was crowded with civilians,
workers, shoppers and children and the deaths and injuries were terrible.

63 were killed there (two of whom died later having never recovered from their injuries).
Of these there were 10 men, 28 women and 25 children. More than 100 were injured.
In the surrounding area a further 18 were killed and more were injured.


THE MEMORIAL SERVICE DETAILS

A Memorial Service to all those killed and injured in the Raid is to be held on 25th May 2017 at 5.00pm in The Methodist Church, Sandgate road, Folkestone. It is a Service to remember the largest single incident of Civilian Casualties outside London in WW1.

A plaque listing names of the 81 killed in Tontine Street and the surrounding area will be unveiled in The Christchurch Memorial Gardens at 6.22pm following the service.

There will be refreshments in The Methodist Church opposite the gardens from 2pm. There will be booklets available with details of those killed and a folder to view with details of the injured. This information has been compiled from research carried out by Margaret Care a great grandaughter of Frederick Stokes (of Stokes Brothers) and Martin Easdown, a local historian who has extensively researched and written about the raid, including “A Glint in the Sky”, who would welcome any further information which visitors may wish to add.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME BUT PARTICULARLY THOSE WHOSE ANCESTORS WERE AFFECTED BY THIS RAID.

Do you have a family story concerning this Air Raid? If you think you may have something interesting to add to the booklets or if you want more details please Email: margaret.care at btinternet.com OR marlinova at yahoo.co.uk.

Margaret Care and Martin Easdown are organising this event.

Directions

Christchurch Memorial Gardens, Folkestone, Kent are situated on the corner of Sandgate Road (A2033) and Manor Road. Sat Nav: CT20 2DA.

Folkestone Methodist Church is opposite the gardens on Sandgate Road CT20 2BL

Parking is available nearby in Sandgate Road, at Pleydell Gardens Car Park and at the NCP Car Park on Bouverie Road.


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