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    House damaged in air raid, Colchester.

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    Colchester, Essex.

    Various shots house damaged in air raid during World War One (possibly 1917). Soldier & civilian man stand in front of rubble. Pan to show wood, bricks and overturned pram. Shot of back of damaged house - slates are coming off kitchen roof, above a soldier looks out of window with no glass.

    CU officer pointing cane at tree to show splintered wood on trunk - result of the blast. Other men in civilian dress stand beside him. Same officer and a woman in uniform (from one of the women's auxiliary services?) digging hole, other civilians watch.

    American cataloguer's note: no information as to whether raid was by Zeppelin or by Gotha bomber aeroplane.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1915 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:09:00 / 01:07:59:00
    ON 237 L

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  1. Prod2cat says

    On 21st February 1915 a HE bomb landed in the back garden of 41 Butt Road, Colchester. The house was occupied by Quarter-Master-Sergeant Rabjohn and his family. The bomb wrecked outbuildings and kitchen furniture. When the bomb fell Rabjohn and his wife were eating supper, but they were untouched, as was their infant upstairs who slept through, despite the collapse of part of the ceiling. The pram can be seen in the garden.

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