Heinkel crash, Clacton-on-Sea, 30 April 1940

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  1. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Just spotted this on the BBC news site

    First civilian WW2 death fund to be spent - BBC News
    A disaster fund set up following the first World War Two civilian deaths on the British mainland is finally going to be spent, it has emerged.
    The money was collected after a German Heinkel aircraft crashed in Victoria Road, Clacton, on 30 April, 1940.
    The fund continued to help residents affected by enemy raids, but was banked and forgotten about following the war.

    TD
     
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  2. Shiny 9th

    Shiny 9th Member

    It will be interesting to hear more abou this.I cannot imagine a bank releasing such funds very easily.Wonder abot accrued interest too....
     
  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    GILL, DOROTHY JANE
    Rank:
    Civilian
    Date of Death:
    30/04/1940
    Age:
    45
    Regiment/Service:
    Civilian War Dead
    Reporting Authority:
    CLACTON, URBAN DISTRICT
    Additional Information:
    Wife of Frederick William Gill. Died at Orchard House, Victoria Road.
    GILL, FREDERICK WILLIAM
    Rank:
    Civilian
    Date of Death:
    30/04/1940
    Age:
    52
    Regiment/Service:
    Civilian War Dead
    Reporting Authority:
    CLACTON, URBAN DISTRICT
    Additional Information:
    Husband of Dorothy Jane Gill. Died at Orchard House, Victoria Road.
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

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    Death: Apr. 30, 1940
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    Dorothy, aged 45, was killed by enemy action against Orchard House, Victoria Road Clacton. Her husband, Frederick William Gill aged 52 was killed in the same incident. It is claimed that they were the first civilian casualties killed by enemy action (Air Raid), in England in World War Two.
    Other Britons perished on the day war was declared when a German submarine torpedoed the S.S. Athenia in the Atlantic Ocean.
    Furthermore,between October 1939 to December 1939, there are records of four Firemen (Civilian) having been killed in the course of their duties, though they may not have been killed directly by enemy action. Nevertheless, there were a number of civilian casualties such as air raid wardens from 28th December through to 29th April 1940. Dorothy Jane Gill ( - 1940) - Find A Grave Memorial

    [​IMG]Frederick William Gill ( - 1940) - Find A Grave Memorial was killed by enemy action against Orchard House, Victoria Road Clacton. His wife, Dorothy Jane Gill aged 45,was killed in the same incident. It is claimed that they were the first civilian casualties killed by enemy action (Air Raid), in England in World War Two.
     
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  5. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    An eyewitness account of a plane crash that caused the first World War Two civilian deaths on the British mainland will be read out at a memorial service.

    The account was one of a number gleaned from survivors of the downed German Heinkel aircraft in Victoria Road, Clacton, on 30 April, 1940.

    Frederick and Dorothy Gill both died when the plane landed on their home.

    Read more

    First civilian WW2 death victims honoured in Clacton - BBC News
     
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  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hmmmmmm - if I look at the database entitled - All UK, WWII Civilian Deaths, 1939-1945 Results and search only for 1939, then it results in 95 deaths to 'Civilians'. As stated earlier some of these could be ARW's, ARP's or Firemen, but that doesn't cover the whole 95.

    They may be the first to be killed by enemy air action

    TD
     
  8. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    From the published 'Local History News' Spring 2020 journal of the British Association for Local History a small half page item 'The Victoria Road incident 1940'. Essex Record Office and Clacton Victoria County History Group were planning an exhibition and book launch in April 2020 to mark the 80th anniversary that caused the first mainland deaths of WW2. The exhibition was cancelled, the book will be available shortly via Essex VCH: Clacton VCH Group

    That website does not today under Publications does not show the book.

    The item refers to:
     

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