Potters Bar Zeppelin crash remembered 100 years later

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 October 2016

Zeppelin anniversary event 
Oakmere Park, Potters Bar.  100th Anniversary of Zeppelin Crash. Wreath laying at memorial plaque.

Zeppelin anniversary event Oakmere Park, Potters Bar. 100th Anniversary of Zeppelin Crash. Wreath laying at memorial plaque.

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Crowds braved the rain in Oakmere Park to remember a Zeppelin that was shot down from the sky a century ago.

On October 1, 1916, the Luftschiffe 31 airship, known as ‘the baby killer’, fell burning to the ground after it was shot down by 2nd Lt Wulstan Joseph Tempest.

Mayor of Hertsmere Pete Rutledge and Colonel Herman Hanke, the German air attaché, shook hands over a wreath laid in honour to the lost airmen, as a bugle played the Last Post, which was played on the night when the 19 dead German soldiers were buried.

A replica of a BE-2c plane, the model flown by Lieutenant Tempest, was due to fly past, but was cancelled due to bad weather.

Mayor councillor Rutledge said: “It was inspiring to see the number of people who came on Saturday and really moving to stand where the Zeppelin landed, listening to the Last Post which had been played a century before during the funeral of the airmen.

“Thank you to everyone who gave up their time and energy to make the event happen, especially the volunteers from the Potters Bar Museum, the Battlefields Trust and the Great War Society, and members of the 1372 Elstree and Borehamwood Squadron Air Cadets band who performed on the day.”

A Bell Shelter, which was used as a look-out post during both World Wars, was donated to the park by a local resident, and will now be there permanently at the crash site.

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