Queen meets children at school where 18 youngsters were killed in WW1 bombing – Telegraph.co.uk

All but two were in the infant class on the ground floor, where the bomb exploded after scything through the roof and upper two floors. A girl aged 10 and a boy aged 12 were the others killed. It is thought the bomb had been meant for the docks nearby.

At least 37 more pupils and teachers were injured in the bombing. School caretaker Benjamin Batt found his own son, Alfred, five, dead in the rubble.

The Queen and Philip met relatives of some of the victims. They included Donald Challen, 90, from Braintree, Essex, whose cousin William Challen died aged five.


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