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Hathern, Leicestershire

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    Hathern, Leicestershire: OS Grid Reference(450500,322500)

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    Ellis, Stanley (b.1926

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    Hunt, W. H. (b.1875, male, retired labourer)

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    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.

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