GenTraveling – Sheffield, England

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Hello GenTravelers!

For any of you with ancestors from the Sheffield, England area, I’d say you’re lucky to have such an excellent resource in The Sheffield and District Family History Society.  Their website {LINK HERE} is top-notch. It has publications of their projects to purchase and even has online searchable indexes.

In the Autumn 2016 issue of ‘The Flowing Stream‘ (Sheffield and District Family History Society’s journal), Dave Capewell, a S&DFHS society member, wrote about the devastating results of Zeppelin raids in ‘The Great War’ – over 100 years ago. The article details a particular raid upon Sheffield and lists the full death toll.  If you have any of the surnames listed below from that area, you’ll want to read the entire article.  If you find yourself GenTraveling to Sheffield, be sure to visit the memorial (although according to Capewell’s article, this memorial is not in the most prominent of locations!) The memorial inscriptions reads:

1914-1918

THE GREAT WAR

“LEST WE FORGET”

ON SEPTEMBER 26TH 1916

NINE MEN

TEN WOMEN

AND TEN CHILDREN

WERE KILLED BY A GERMAN

AIR RAID ON SHEFFIELD

ONE OF THE BOMBS FELL

CLOSE TO THIS SPOT

Surnames of the 26 September 1916 zeppelin raid death toll:

Shakespeare, Tyler, Brewington, Hames, Southerington, Rhodes, Harrison, Newton, Wilson, Bellamy, Coogan, Taylor, Stratford, Guest.

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