Death of a VC

Just ten days ago, Florence Vansittart Neale rejoiced over Reginald Warneford‘s feat. Now she heard of his tragic death.

18 June 1915
Death of Warneford, VC, trying an airship in Paris.

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale (D/EX73/3/17/8)

Is it an airship or just a star?

The fear of bombing meant even a natural phenomenon like a bright star could cause mass panic, as witnessed by this incident recorded by our friend William Hallam in Swindon:

11th February 1915
Frosty again to-night. Janus was exceptionally bright and scintillating to-night. So much so that a neighbour’s daughter came to call us out to look at the airship. Then almost 8 o clock I went to the Post office and met Carey (a neighbour) and he told me down the town crowds of people were collected and gazing at it and saying it was an airship or aeroplane coming over.

Diary of William Hallam (D/EX1415/23)