New clock remembers lives claimed in Sunderland Zeppelin attack

The tramcar destroyed in the Zeppelin raid.
The tramcar destroyed in the Zeppelin raid.
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A NEW clock commemorating the sacrifices of the First World War is being dedicated in Sunderland on Remembrance Day.

The 16ft tall clock is at the Wheatsheaf junction in Monkwearmouth and close to where bombs were dropped in a Zeppelin raid that killed 16 people on 1 April 1916.

The dedication will take place at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, in keeping with the traditional time of Remembrance.

The unveiling is being carried out by Sunderland’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Barry Curran.

He said: “Every year we remember the thousands of people who made the ultimate sacrifice as they performed their duties during the First World War, and in subsequent conflicts.

“We tend to associate these sacrifices with those that were serving in places such as the Western Front. What we must never forget though is the Home Front where civilians were also caught up in conflict and this is what happened here in Sunderland with the Zeppelin raid.

“Therefore the new Wheatsheaf Clock is dedicated to the memory of the 16 residents who died in the air raid of April 1916.”

He is being joined for the dedication by North area councillors and other community representatives.

Councillor Denny Wilson, chair of the North Area Committee, said: “This clock is commemorating an evening when war came to Sunderland and a deadly load of bombs were dropped through Millfield, Deptford and here in Monkwearmouth at the railway station and in North Bridge Street. Lest we forget.”