Kingston upon Hull War Memorial 1914 - 1918

The story of Hull in World War One

THE CITY OF HULL GREAT WAR TRUST

After the Armistice, public opinion was divided over what the Hull Great War Trust should do. There were demands for a new £150,000 Technical College, new Homes, a replacement school for Craven Street, additional wings for Hull Grammar School and permanent war memorials.

There were disputes over who was eligible for grants and allowances. For example, The Eastern Morning News (12th August 1919) reported 'What constitutes a Hull Man?'. It highlighted the case of a Londoner, who had enlisted in Hull at the outbreak of war, and then married a woman from Hull. He had then been invalided home, and now had four children, and was granted a disability allowance. Another case involved a Hull woman, who had married a man from Manchester, while he was convalescing in Hull. She had had his child before he died of his injuries, and was similarly awarded a grant.

From time to time the Charity was criticised for not giving money to Institutions. For example, the Trust refused an application from the Spring Bank Orphanage, to repair the building, even though it held 43 children from servicemen killed in the war (Hull Daily Mail 11/1/1920). Similarly, an appeal to help 3,000 unemployed Ex-Servicemen in Hull was refused (Hull Daily Mail 11/1/1921), as was a £500 application grant from Ex Service Associations.
Some disabled servicemen also complained that Trust's grants were insufficient, that preference was given to those starting up businesses, or there were delays in being assessed.

Overall, The Trust stuck to its task of helping disabled men and their families and judicious investments led to large increases in the Fund's capital. Much of its good work had to remain confidential due to the personal and intimate nature of the Trust's work. However, there is evidence that the Trust reviewed all cases on merit, showing flexibility and compassion. Certainly those who received help were very grateful and the Great War Trust was admired outside Hull.
For example, The London Daily Mail (18/10/1920), reporting on the £3 million being spent on War memorials in England and Wales alone, praised Hull's Great War Trust for raising £145,000 for disabled men and relatives. This was seen as far more practical to help those who survived.