Kingston upon Hull War Memorial 1914 - 1918

The story of Hull in World War One

Brothers that died

Arthur Henry Lazenby died on the 26th November 1914 serving with the Royal Navy, aged 18. His brother Richard Lazenby was killed aged 22, at the battle of Jutland when HMS 'Invincible' sank on 31st May 1916. These were the sailor sons of Richard and Jane Ann Lazenby, living at 6 Kimberley Street, Hull. Their other son was Company Sergeant Major, Walter Lazenby who served with the Durham Light Infantry and lived at the same address. 

Pte, William Arthur Lazenby, MM, 11th EYR died at St Omer on the 13th July 1918. His Younger brother, Pte Charles Lazenby, Durham Light Infantry, was killed a few weeks later, on the 9th August 1918, aged 19. They were the sons of Thomas Wilson and Annie Eliza Lazenby, 11 Church Road, North Ferriby. Another son, Staff Sgt, Thomas Lazenby, RGA,  was wounded in France. Their other two sons David Lazenby of the Middlesex Regiment, and George Lazenby, fighting with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, were both discharged early with wounds and ill health. Their family story is reported in the Hull Daily Mail 19/9/18.

Throughout the UK and Commonwealth, some 328 sets of brothers died during the First World War. Their details can be found here -


Pte, Edward Arthur Anderson, Durham Light Infantry, killed 10/9/18, and Pte, John Rodman Anderson, Machine Gun Corps, killed 10/11/16. Both were 18 years old and died in France. They were the sons of Edward and Mary Ann Anderson, 19 Tomlinson Street, Newington. They are both commemorated on the memorial inside St Mathews Church, Boulevard.


Pte, Charlie William Bridges, 11th EYR died at Arras on the 24th March 1918, aged 22. His brother, Albert Bridges served with the Australian Imperial Force, and was killed in France on the 26th April 1918. They were the sons of Ellen and William Bridges who lived at 64 Sharp Street.



The Bentley brothers Robert and Harold were the sons of Robert and Amanda Bentley who lived at 50 Sharp Street, Newland Avenue, They both served with the 11th East Yorkshire Regiment, and both died of wounds in 1918. They are buried together at Hull Western Cemetery. 141 men from Sharp Street served in World War One. Robert and Harold Bentley are both shown on the Sharp Street memorial which still survives today. 



George Broadley was killed on the 23rd April 1915. His brother Thomas Broadley was killed three days later on the 26th April 1915. They had joined the East Yorkshire together and are buried together at Ypres. They were the sons of James and Catherine Broadley, 62 Clarendon Street, Hull.


Sapper, Walter Binge, East Riding Engineers, died at Ypres on 23/5/16, aged 23. He was husband of Hilda at 3 Coronation Avenue, Rustenberg Street. Her brother John Wrigglesworth was gassed in the war. Pte, Harmen Binge, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, died six months later, on 3/1/17. He was also aged 23 and is buried at Meaulte. The Binge brothers were the sons of  Walter and Henrietta at 6 Marfleet Terrace, Craven Street.


Harold Bulson, killed on the 15th September 1916, at the Somme, aged 19, and his younger brother Ernest Bulson killed in action on the 1st April 1918 are both remembered on the St Mathews Church memorial, Boulevard. They were the sons of Sarah Jane and the late Tennison Bulson, who lived at 6 Gordon Street.



Pte, Percy Walter Blanchard, died with the East Yorkshires, in France on 17/6/16, aged 23. He was the son of John and Margaret Blanchard at 5 City Grove, Harrow Street. His brother, L/Cpl, Ernest Edward Blanchard, was killed with the East Yorkshires on the 20/4/17, aged 26. He lived with his wife Ellen (nee Cook) at 3 Olive Grove, Harrow Street.


Brothers, Ernest and John William Burgess are both buried in Hull Western Cemetery, Sons of Rose and the late John Burgess at 96 English Street, they are commemorated on the Walker Street, War Memorial outside St Lukes Church.



Pte, John William Blenkin, 9th Durham Light Infantry, was killed on the 14th April 1918, aged 33 years. His brother, Sgt, James Stephenson Blenkin, was killed 4 days later on the 18th April 1918, fighting for Canada, aged 35 years old. They were the sons of John and Barbara Blenkin, the Butchers Shop, 66 Sculcoates Lane. Both brothers are remembered on the stone columns of St Mary's Church, Sculcoates Lane.


Ernest Carmichael, was lost on the 20th May 1917 when the Hull steam ship 'Tycho' bound from Bombay to Hull was sank by a torpedo from UBoat 40. His brother William Albert Carmichael, was lost on the 21st December 1916 when the Hull trawler 'St Ives' was mined in the English Channel off Falmouth, Cornwall. Sailing brothers and sons of Charles and Mary Ann Carmichael, who lived at 346 Boulevard. They are remembered on the Trinity House Roll of Honour.


William Bratton lost at sea in 1915 lost 3 stepbrothers during the war. They were the four children of Thomas Cudbertson and Sarah Ann Withers at 12 Richmond Terrace, Harrow Street, Hessle Road. Twenty Eight men are known to have died in the war from Harrow Street. Although this street has now been demolished, their names are all remembered here.


Able Seaman, Charles Samuel Christtmass, Royal Navy, HMS Invincible, was killed at the battle of Jutland on the 31st May 1916. His brother Orlando Christtmass was killed fighting with the Royal Navy Division at Ypres on 31st October 1917. Both brothers were the sons of Sam and Lily Alice Christtmass, 220 Hawthorne Avenue.


Thank You to Rory Paddock, for the following information, sent on 17/10/2016:- 
Born in Bewholme, East Yorkshire in December 1897, Robert was the youngest of five children to George and Emma Franks. At the time of the 1911 Census he was already living away from home and working as a Horseman on a farm near Lowthorpe, Driffield. When war came, Robert was among the first to enlist in the fledgling Pals battalions, signing up on 24th September 1914, originally in the 12th EYR and later transferred to the 10th. He was underage. A mere 16 years old at the time. He must have told them he was 19 and they will have been only too happy to swallow his lie. Training throughout 1915, Robert shipped to Egypt that December and on to France the following March. A veteran of the Somme, Oppy Wood and the Spring Offensive, Robert was badly wounded during July and evacuated to the hospital centre at St Omer, where he died of wounds, on 29th July 1918. He is buried at Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery; he was 20 years old. It was a second blow for George and Emma Franks. They had lost their fourth son, James (29655 in the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment) on 22nd March 1918 as his unit was overrun by the German advance. His body was never recovered and his name is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial which bears the names of 14,000 UK servicemen with no known grave who died between 21st March and 7th August 1918. James was 22 years old.  The loss their mother, Emma, endured was all the more so, because her husband, George Robert had died in 1917. He was buried Nunkeeling on 19 Dec 1917. Robert Percy also had three younger siblings, whom Emma then had to support and raise as a widow: Harold (b. 1903); Ernest b. 1905); and Arthur Henry (b. 1912). 
Despite their different birth years and along with a third brother, George Alfred, who was born at Bessingby in 1893, James and Robert Percy FRANKS were baptised at Nunkeeling on the same date: 22 Oct 1899. George Alfred FRANKS also saw action on the Western Front during WW1, but with the New Zealand Army, and he survived.
The NZ connection stems from the fact that two of the brothers’ great-uncles, from Ganton, George FRANKS (1835-1908) and John FRANKS (1837-1922) emigrated there in the 1860s. George Alfred was working on a farm at Leven, west of Hornsea, at the time of the 1911 census and moved to NZ sometime thereafter.  The family must have stayed in touch, because he nominated one of his Kiwi cousins as next-of-kin at the time of his enlistment.  Two NZ-born cousins are also known to have served in WW1. Brief details follow and WW1 NZ Army records are available online via the ‘Archives NZ Archway’ website: .
32443 Private George Alfred FRANKS (1893-1970) attested into the NZ Army on 27 Jul 1916 and joined the 1st Battalion Canterbury Infantry Regiment. He was wounded in action on 7 Jun 1917 (gunshot wound to the right arm, causing a severe fracture), probably during the initial assault of the Battle of Messines, 7-14 Jun 1917. George Alfred spent time recuperating at Brockenhurst in Hampshire, the location of a wartime NZ military hospital, before returning to his new home in Nov 1917.  He was discharged from the Army on 28 Feb 1918 as being ‘no longer physically fit for war service’.
34562 Trooper John Frederick FRANKS (1882-1952). Son of John FRANKS (1837-1922). John Frederick joined the Canterbury Mounted Rifles and spent his wartime service in the Middle East. He was based in Egypt and reverted in rank at own request down from Sergeant, probably to see active service rather than undertake instructor duties, as the ME was used as a major training area for ANZAC forces. He is recorded as having been ‘in the field’ on a number of occasions, including during the period of the 3rd Battle of Gaza (aka Battle of Beersheba), 31 Oct – 7 Nov 1917.    
3/1383 Private Spencer Franks CARVER (1899-1974). Grandson of George FRANKS (1835-1908). Spencer Franks served with the NZ Medical Corps and was at the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) where, on 12/13 Oct 1917, he earned the Military Medal for ‘conspicuous gallantry in action’ as a stretcher-bearer with No. 3 Field Ambulance. He had given a false age on enlistment and was still only 17 at the time (b. 3 Nov 1899). Coincidentally, the CARVER family also came from Yorkshire (Northallerton).