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Hathern, Leicestershire: OS Grid Reference(450500,322500)
Ellis, Stanley (b.1926
Hunt, W. H. (b.1875, male, retired labourer)
Mr Hunt talks about his work in the local brickyard and mill and recalls experiencing Zeppelin raids during World War I. Normanton refers to Normanton on Soar, a village just to the northeast of Hathern and Stanton presumably refers to Stanton under Bardon, a village to the southwest. Loughborough is a town just to the southeast. Zepp refers to the airships invented by Count Ferdinand Zeppelin, a German army officer who began developing his ideas in 1897. The first Zeppelin flew on 2nd July 1900: they could deliver successful long-range bombing attacks, but were extremely vulnerable to attack and bad weather. A number of Zeppelin raids were launched on Britain during World War I, the last of which was in June 1917.