Thursday, 20 March 2014

Sheffield's First Air Raid Victim - Frederick Stratford September 1916

Many years ago I posted an article to the site on Sheffield's First Air Raid on 26th September 1916. And here is a photo of the grave of the first victim 49 year old Frederick Stratford who was struck by shrapnel whilst in bed


The grave is in Sheffield's Burngreave Cemetery not far from where the first bomb to be dropped on Sheffield landed - it demolished a boundary wall. The grave record is as follows

STRATFORD, Frederick (Boiler Fireman, age 49).
     Died at 11-1 Danville Street; Buried on September 30, 1916 in General ground;
     Grave Number 47, Section O2 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
     Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Killed in Zeppelin raid: Officiating Minister G G Swann, Removed from Pitsmoor Parish.
    
STRATFORD, Harriet (Widow, age 82).
     Died at 109 Southey Green Rd; Buried on February 23, 1942 in General ground;
     Grave Number 47, Section O2 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
     Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister: R W Fitton: Removed from Sheffield Parish.


It is a sobering thought that Frederick was the first of nearly 700 Sheffielders to lose their lives in German air attacks on Sheffield during the twentieth century

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