1916, the middle of the first World War. Bacup, a small town in Lancashire, was hit by 12 incendiary bombs dropped from an aircraft nobody in rural Northern England had seen before. A German Zeppelin, which claimed only one victim in the town.
A thrush was killed outside Emmanuel Holcombe CE Primary School.
The bird was preserved by a taxidermist and has been stored in a glass case in the school for almost 100 years. This bird is one of 29 war memorials dedicated to animals lost or killed in war, registered by the Imperial War Museum, which includes dogs, monkeys and horses.
The case is inscribed: The Thrush, Being the only fatality in the raid of World War 1
Unfortunately, the Zeppelin continued over to Bolton, Lancashire, and drop several more bombs, killing 13 people.
A new exhibition at Ramsbottom Library will display images and artefacts from the raid, including the thrush.
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