Kingston upon Hull War Memorial 1914 - 1918

The story of Hull in World War One

THE CITY OF HULL GREAT WAR TRUST

Set up at the Guildhall immediately after the Armistice in 1918. An appeal was made for £500,000. By December 1918, £90,000 had been raised, 75% of contributions came from fishing families.

In June 1919, a full time General Secretary is appointed amidst great controversy. At this stage £130,000 was raised.

By November 1922 - £141,733 had been raised. £29,00 had been paid out. 54 families were being totally supported by the Trust, another 100 are in receipt of weekly allowances supplementing Government aid. Business and Educational grants also awarded.

On 8/3/1923, the magnificent Great War Rugby Shield is presented. Broughton 8 points (1 goal, 2 tries) beat Hull 3 points (1 try) at the Boulevard, watched by 5,000 spectators.

By 1926 - £59,000 paid out in allowances, £14,000 in Grants

By 1958 – Payments total £267,000 (£36 million today)
By 1960 – 68 Beneficiaries left
By 1973 – Payments total £280,000 (20 Beneficiaries left)
By 1977 – Nearly 'Last Post' for the Trust (14 Beneficiaries left)
By 1981 – Payments total £285,000 (7 Beneficiaries)
In 1983 – Trust Closes on 11th November at 11am in Lord Mayors Parlor.
There were 4,005 Beneficiaries which received grants and allowances and total pension payments made were £289,060.44.
(£40million)