A History of King’s lynn in 100 Objects: No 6

Percy Gazley and Alice Gazley on their wedding day, 15 September 1909.'Lynn Museum ANL-150116-161152001
Percy Gazley and Alice Gazley on their wedding day, 15 September 1909.'Lynn Museum ANL-150116-161152001
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This photograph is displayed as part of our current exhibition King’s Lynn and the First World War.

It depicts Percy Gazley and Alice Gazley on their wedding day, September 15, 1909. Percy George Gazley from Wisbech enlisted in the Army in 1904, when he was 18. He served as a private in the 3rd rifle brigade for three years. In 1909 married Alice Maud Rowe at the Lynn Methodist Church.

When war broke out he was called up to fight again. Percy was killed in action on October 27, 1914.

On the night of January 19, 1915 his widow was staying with friends in Bentinck Street (now St James’ Street and Blackfriars Street). It was a night that would end in tragedy as for the first time England came under aerial attack. When she heard the Zeppelin, Alice ran into the street. At that moment the L4 Zeppelin dropped a bomb. They found her body the next morning in the rubble. Her cause of death states she died “of the effects of the acts of the King’s enemies”.

Zeppelin Week centenary events: Tomorrow 2.30-3.30pm Zeppelins Over Norfolk, a talk by Steven Pope; Thursday 10.30am-12 WWI-themed coffee morning; Saturday 11am-2.pm family event day.