n Sunday 2nd April 1916, just as most Ramsgate folk were sitting around the table enjoying their Sunday roast, they were suddenly jolted by a tremor, which to some felt like an earthquake. In fact what they were experiencing was the aftershock from the explosion at the Explosives Loading Company factory at Uplees, near Faversham in which 108 men died. Many local women worked there too but luckily did not work on Sundays. Fifteen tons of TNT and 150 tons of ammonium nitrate blew up when some empty sacks caught fire.
So great was the explosion that windows across the Thames estuary in Southend were shattered and the tremor was felt in Norwich and in France as well as Thanet.
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On Sunday 19th March 1916 five enemy seaplanes raided Dover, Deal, Ramsgate &
Margate. In Ramsgate townsfolk heard heavy firing in the distance but it was
too misty to see much out at sea that afternoon. Suddenly the rapid firing of
shrapnel was heard then the sound of bombs exploding. Damage was done in King
Street and Chatham Street.
The driver of a motor car was struck and killed on St. Luke’s Avenue and most
of the windows in the vicinity were shattered. Five children were killed on
their way to St. Luke’s Sunday school and nine people were injured.
There will be a commemoration service at St Luke’s Church in Ramsgate on Sunday 20th March 2016 at 10.30am. All are welcome to attend. If fine the congregation will be invited to join a short walk to the cemetery to see the gravestone of the Saxby children which was restored in 2015.
A big thank you to all of you who came up to speak to me at my stall at Ramsgate Tunnels yesterday. Hope you enjoy dipping into this website and I look forward to your comments.