Kingston upon Hull War Memorial 1914 - 1918

The story of Hull in World War One

Over, 7,500 Hull men died in the First World War. Over 1,200 of these were sailors working with the fishing fleet, or serving with the Merchantile Marine, the Royal Navy and the Royal Navy Reserve. They carried out vital war work, bringing in supplies, transporting troops and minesweeping the seas

There were nearly another 1,500 men who were born in Hull, but who lived elsewhere. They died fighting for Australia, Canada, New Zealand and America. There are many others, who enlisted in Hull or who were associated with the City, but are not usually remembered on Hull war memorials. As Hull had four large hospitals and was the port of entry for repatriated prisoner of wars, servicemen from all over the world are buried in Hull. The Kingston Upon Hull Memorial aims to remember all those with a Hull connection who died in the First World War.

There are over a hundred families on the Hull Memorial that lost two or more of their family. Sometimes fathers, sons and brothers were lost on the same day. Some families lost three sons, other Hull families lost four sons, including all their children in the First World War. At least one in six Hull families lost a direct relative. Many others would lose close friends, work colleagues or others known to them. Each death was irreplaceable and an individual tragedy for someone.

Unfortunately, not all deaths were recorded in official casualty figures, particularly if soldiers died of sickness, accidents or were discharged home with wounds, of illness. By 1924 the Ministry of Pensions reported that there were 20,000 war wounded living in Hull. Although they survived the war, they are rarely recorded on war memorials. What follows here are snippets of some of those people who died, whose deaths were reported in the local newspapers. 

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a wide range of interesting facts about World War One with a particular slant towards Hull.

The Hull trawler EARL (H436) was reported missing in the North Sea on 21/1/1916

CREW LOST ON EARL (H436), missing, result of enemy action, 21st January, 1916.

  • BROWNHILL, A (51), 140 Regent Street, Hull. Cook
  • BUCHAN, William (17), 30 Haddon Street, Hull. Trimmer
  • COATES, William (20), 6 Empringham-Place, Daltry Street, Hull. 3rd/Hand
  • COATES, William (59), 25 Buxton-ter, Daltry Street, Hull. Skipper
  • JACKSON, Frederick (34), 236 Boulevard, Hull. 2nd/Hand
  • MASON, W (50), Address not traced. 4th/Hand
  • MEDWAY, William (55), Nivana-ter, Blundell Street, Hull. Bosun
  • NEWMARSH, George (36), 3 Helen-ter, Marmaduke Street, Hull. Bosun
  • PATTERSON, B (22), 1 Blenheim-crescent, Rugby Street, Hull. 2nd/Engineer