24 August 1916 Air Raid, Deptford

There was a Zeppelin raid over Deptford about Midnight on 24-25th August 1916. Two High Explosive Bomb fell on the Engine Room of the London Electric Supply Company Works at Stowage Wharf, Deptford. This stopped the work of the Deptford Search Light and injured switchboard attendant, Richard Turner (32)[born about 1883] was severely injured to his head, chest and Abdomen by the bomb. He was taken to the Seaman's Hospital, where he died about 6 hours later of shock and haemorrhage.

He was at the time living at 142 Evelyn Street, Deptford and was married to Maud Ellen Buttle [1886] 1 January 1911 at St Mark's Church, Deptford. They had 2 children Hilda M [1912] and Edwin R [1913]. Richard Turner had been working for the company for 16 years [13 August 1900 - his death 25 August 1916. Ellen herself entered work in the Victualling Yard as a labourer in April 1917 and her payments from the Electric Company ceased. By 1919 Ellen and her 2 children were living at 66 Etta Road and still employed by the Victualling yard and expected to continue her employment there. She applied for compensation to the Government Committee and was awarded £300 for her loss.

He is remembered on the Locally on the memorial in Brockley Cemetery to the Civilians who died in World War 1.

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