The archaeologist Flinders Petrie wrote about seeing Zeppelins to his fellow curator Henry Lythgoe in New York, a few days after the bombing of Croydon and South London on 16 October 1915:
I should have written before, but somehow the general suspense seems to numb our sense of anything being immediate. We had Zepos, over our house a month ago, and again saw them over London the other night. It is a senseless bit of hate to kill a hundred civilians; and they must keep so high that it is impossible for them to hit a place within a furlong or more.
You may hear any day that the tomb of your kings are all gone in Westminster Abbey, or the British Museum smashed. They tried to destroy Greenwich Observatory and very nearly succeeded. Such is Kultur, the enemy of civilisation and humanity. (Petrie, 16 October 1915)
| Air raid damage in Camberwell, 19 October 1917. The last
air raid, which killed 10 people (c) IWM (HO 114)