Just watching the breakfast news and see that it's 100 years since the North East seaside towns were bombarded by a force of German capital ships.
I mention it as a friend of mine had a Great (or Gt Gt) aunt that lost her foot with a shrapnel shard slicing through her ankle while working as a 17 year old chamber maid in the Grand Hotel in Scarborough.
Apparently when she approached the hotel manager some months later about returning to work, she was curtly told that The Grand Hotel did not employ cripples!
There was also a blitz in the first world war. Many Kent towns were bombed as well as London. Usually by planes called Gotha - named after a very pretty city in the middle of Germany. The RAF in it's infancy retaliated.
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