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 -


Brothers George and John Thomas Clare, died in 1917 & 1918 respectively. They were the sons of Thomas and Margaret Clare in Humber Street, Hull.



Another set of brothers from Wellsted Street were John William Grahn and his brother Fred Grahn. They were killed in 1917 & 1918 respectively, Their father was German and they were raised by their Auntie at 4 Francis Avenue, Wellsted Street. Their names are recorded together in the Holy Trinity Church book of remembrance.

Cyril and Sidney Webb

Brothers Cyril and Sidney Webb, from 8 Wyndham Street, died within weeks of each other in 1918 as did Archbald & Fred Sims who both served with heNorthumberland Fusiliers.


John Rowland Isley died with the 9th Warwickshire Regiment in Iraq, on the 25th January 1917. His brother William Alfred Isley, had been killed the previous year, fighting for the Australians at Villers Bretoneux on the 14th November 1916. They were the sons of Alfred and Lilley Isley who lived at 200 Newbridge Road, Hull.


Pte, Harold Dixon. 6th EYR, killed 1916 and his brother Pte Ernest Dixon, 10th EYR, killed in 1917, both had lived with their parents at 78 Manchester Street, Hessle Road. Thirty Two men died in the Great War from Manchester Street.



Pte, Alfred Fenton Johnson, 7th EYR was killed at Arras on 21/3/1918, aged 21. His brother, George Edward Johnson had died at sea on the 17th May 1917, aged only 15 years old. They were the sons of Mr Christopher Bacon and Mrs Louisa Johnson and lived at 426 Beverley Road


Brothers Alfred and James Dodsworth, both casualties of World War One are similarly buried in Hull Cemeteries. Their parents were Frederick and Jane Dodsworth who lived at 248 Wincolmlee.


Two more teenage brothers, Arthur William Johnson aged 15, and John Edward Johnson aged 17 died together on 21st May 1915, when the Hull Trawler 'Sabrina' struck a mine in the North Sea. They were the sons of John Edward and Florence Ada Johnson, who lived at 343 Hawthorne Avenue.


David and Joseph Douglas were two more brothers lost in the war. They were the sons of David Batty and Alice Douglas at 53 Lambert Street, Newland Avenue. They were remembered on the Kings Hall Church, Roll of Honour at Symons Street until this was bombed in the Second World War.


More Johnson brothers include, Private, Clifford Hardy Johnson, DLI was lost in action on 25th October1918, aged 19 years old. He is buried at Tyne Cot cemetery along alond with nearly 12,000 others. His brother, Sgt, Fred Walter Johnson, 3rd EYR, died at Archangel on the 19th February 1919. He is commemorated here with 229 other British Officers and men that died in the Russian campaign. They were the sons of Frederick and Eleanor Jane Johnson who lived at 242 Newland Avenue.

Francis, John and Paul Wilson

Boatswain, Francis C Wilson, drowned in the North sea, when the 'Gitano' struck a mine on 26/2/17. His brother Paul, CEF, had died of heart failure, in January 1917, at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Another Brother, John Wilson, died on the 'San Gregorio', in November, 1917. Their Grandsons, Sgt, Ernest Barnby, 4th EYR, was killed in action on 23/4/16, and Pte, Francis Barnby, killed in action in September 1915.


James and Charles Joys, both soldiers, died in France within 8 weeks of each other. They were the sons of James Henry and Clara Ann Joys who lived at 12 Wellsted Street, Hessle Road


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).