I’ve just found a BBC documentary from 1972, “Zeppelins over East Anglia” which can be seen on the East Anglian Film Archive’s website. Although much of it is focused on Norfolk, there is a wonderful description of the Zeppelin shot down over Wigborough.
Zeppelins over East Anglia, a BBC documentary from 1972
The film tells of the crash of the airship LZ33 between Peldon and Wigborough in Essex, after attack from Fighter Pilot Brandon. The commander Captain Leutnant Bercker, brought the airship down into a field and then tried to warn the inhabitants of a nearby cottage that he was going to set fire to the ship. He received no replay, but did just that. The crew made off on foot. They encountered Special constable Edgar Nichols, who arrested them. James Rout, who lived in another cottage nearby, recalls the Zeppelin crashing. He shows a piece of the Zeppelin to the camera and recalls that a baby girl was born that night and named Zeppelina!
On Wednesday 20th November 2013 we held our training and networking event, Researching the Great War, for the project volunteers, partner museums and any other interested parties, at Essex Record Office.
Ian Hook from the Essex Regiment Museum (Chelmsford Museums)
Stuart Woodward from BBC Essex
*NB Please do not circulate this presentation more widely than within your organisations. The longer it is since the meeting, the more the information might become out of date and we would not want inaccurate information from IWM to be made public. Many thanks. Josie Gale.
Ian Hook, curator of the Essex Regiment museum
The lecture theatre was a great venue at the Essex Record Office.