Kingston upon Hull War Memorial 1914 - 1918

The story of Hull in World War One

Henry Lewis Hulbert

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One extraordinary former Hull man, was Captain, Henry Lewis Hulbert, who died fighting for the United State's, Marine Corps, in France in 1918. 

Henry Lewis Hulbert, was the son of Henry Ernest and Fanny Jane Hulbert, who lived at John Street, (near Hull's New Theatre), and 2 Cavandish Square, Margaret Street, Hull.

Born to a wealthy Hull family, on the 12th January 1867, Henry Hulbert began a promising Diplomatic career in Malaya. However, after a scandalous divorce, he emigrated to America where he joined the US Marines as a private soldier. Due to his education and fine character, Henry Lewis Hulbert quickly caught the attention of his supervisors.

During the American - Samoa War of 1889, Henry Lewis Hulbert was awarded the 'Medal of Honor', while valiantly protecting a wounded officer in a rearguard action. It was America's highest decoration for bravery and he was promoted.

When America joined the First World War in 1917, Henry Lewis Hulbert, was 50 years old and too old for active service. However, due to his experience and fitness, Senior Officers campaigned for him to join the American Expeditionary Force. Henry Lewis Hulbert performed at least three acts of heroism during his short service in France. He was eventually killed at Belleau Wood on the 4th October 1918, leading the 5th US Marine Corp. Henry Lewis Hulbert, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the first United States Marine to do so. He is one on America's most decorated soldiers, and he came from Hull.

Henry Lewis Hulbert's extraordinary story is told in the following link.

 Many Hull men fought for Commonwealth Nations where they had worked or emigrated. For example, the Kingston Upon Hull memorial, lists 96 Hull men killed fighting for Canada, 43 Hull men who died for Australia and 17 men died fighting for New Zealand. Hull men served throughout the British Army and died fighting with Scottish, Welsh and Irish regiments. They are buried throughout the world and many have no known graves.

There were also many German born men, from Hull who fought for Britain. Harry Weston was a Hull Policeman, born in Germany in 1885. His father was Irish and his mother German and they lived at 1 Anne's Place, Oxford Street, Hull. Pte, Harry Weston was killed with the 12th East Yorkshires at Ypres, on 13th November 1916.

Similarly, Fred and William Grahn, from Wellsted Street both died fighting for Britain in the War. While they were both born in Yorkshire, they came from a German family. Samuel Vromans, who worked as a German Interpreter, died of influenza, on the 16th October 1918. Another example, was Lieutenant, Robert Max Skelsey, RFA, who was killed at Arras in March 1918. He was born in Germany and educated at Hymer's College in Hull.