On Wednesday 25th September 1940 St Leonards was subjected to two attacks at 1:15pm and 2:20pm. Eighteen high explosive bombs and 1 oil incendiaries were dropped. Properties in King’s Road, Western Road, Royal Terrace, Magdalen Road were severely damaged. Shornden Reservoir in Alexandra Park was also hit.
Victoria Hicks was killed in the raid whilst sheltering at her home at 25 Magdalen Road. Two other people were killed in the raids, but I’m unable to find out who they were. Sixteen other people were seriously injured.