"they were shocked to find that London had been bombed by German Zeppelins and seven people had been killed on the previous Monday"

Zeppelin bombing raids during the four years of the war killed 557 people, injured 1358, and caused £3 million damage. During the last two years of the war, the new German Gotha bombers killed an additional 836 people, injured 2,000, and caused a further £1.5 million damage.  This first “Battle of Britain” served to terrorize the population, disrupt factory production, and draw pilots and resources away from the front lines for Home Defence.

Watch a least a few minutes of this vintage film about the Zeppelin raids to get a better understanding.