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Black Country Zeppelin bomb deaths centenary events

The victims of the World War One Zeppelin raids are to be remembered at a series of events to mark the attack's centenary.

A fleet of aircraft bombed the Midlands on the night of 31 January 1916, killing 70 people.

Church services, dedications and the unveiling of plaques and rolls of names will take place across the West Midlands.

The Germans had set out to bomb Liverpool but got lost in fog over the Black Country, according to historians.

Bombs wreaked destruction on Wednesbury, Walsall, Tipton and Bilston, where 35 people died.

Another 15 people died in Christ Church in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire - one of the first places in Britain to suffer an aerial bombardment.

A total of 72 people were treated for injuries at Burton Town Hall, which was turned into an infirmary.

Ten people were killed in Loughborough, three in Scunthorpe and five in Derby, when the Midland Railway was targeted.

Hear accounts of the terrifying raids in Burton-upon-Trent and Walsall.

Image caption The Zeppelins were used to drop bombs during the early years of World War One
Image copyright Tipton Civic Society
Image caption Union Street in Tipton was the first place Zeppelin bombs were dropped in Black Country
Image copyright Tipton Civic Society
Image caption The Zeppelin raid claimed 14 lives in Tipton
Image copyright Tipton Civic Society
Image caption Two houses were demolished and a gas main set alight in Union Street, Tipton
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Image caption Zeppelin raid victims roll of names and plaque in Tipton
Image copyright Burton Civic Society
Image caption Burton Town Hall became an infirmary during wartime for wounded soldiers and victims of Zeppelin raids
Image copyright Imperial War Museum
Image caption A number of houses were destroyed in the raids

Follow the route of WW1's most destructive Zeppelin attack

Bombs hit Union Street in Tipton, where two houses were demolished, others were damaged and the gas main was set alight.

In Wednesbury, bombs were dropped in the King Street area, near a large factory.

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