Courtesy of St Margaret’s History Society: St Margaret’s in the First World War

The Bombing of the Village

Two bombing raids were made on St Margaret’s, both in 1918. On the 16th February at 9.35pm a German Gotha dropped 23 heavy bombs on Bay Hill and Sea Street. Several homes and the Convent were damaged but no one was hurt.

A second raid was made by moonlight on 19/20 May in conjunction with a raid on Swingate airfield. Six bombs landed in the village in the same area as in February. These were some of the last bombs dropped on England in the First World War.

Text by Christine Waterman