Our volunteer research is already highlighting how Somerset was affected by national news, in particular the zeppelin air raids that took place in 1915.
The first attack on Britain by air took place on 19 January 1915. On 28 January 1915 the threat of air raids was discussed at the Parish Council meeting in Martock.
The Parish Council minutes show the genuine fear of attack from above.
A number of procedures were put in place to prevent enemy aircraft from finding targets.
‘the Lighting Inspector be asked to extinguish street lamps early as possible or discontinue lighting for a time… places of worship have windows darkened or discontinue evening services.’
The Bishops Hull vestry minutes of May 1916 show that church authorities took out air raid insurance (also referred to as anti-aircraft insurance).
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