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 - http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/brothers-died-in-the-great-war/

Keith

Hull Pals and brothers Herbert and Arthur Keith, from 79 Arundel Street, died within 6 months of each other in 1917. Check their names on the Arundel Street memorial and map on this website.

Newlove

Hull Pal, Pte, William Henry Newlove, was killed at Serre on the 13th November 1916. His brother George Newlove, Yorkshire Regiment, died of wounds at home on the 26th March 1918, and is buried in the Hull Northern cemetery. They were both aged 19 years old. Their parents Fred and Emma Newlove lived at 98 Gillett Street and 87 Flinton Street when they died.

Marr

Pte, Anthony Marr, 2nd EYR, killed at Ypres on 5th May 1915, was aged 28 years. His brother Pte, Samuel Marr, 6th EYR was killed at Gallipolli on the 9th August 1915, aged 34 years. He left his wife Martha Marr and 2 daughters at Courtney Street, Hull. Both brothers are commemorated on the Wilmington Roll of Honour in Hull.

Ounsworth

Alfred Whittingdon Ounsworth, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry died on the 7th May 1917. His brother Frank Ounsworth, was killed 13 days later on the 20th May 1917. They were sons of John and Margaret Ounsworth, 85 Hodgson Street, HULL.

Mitchell

Sgt, Laurence Mitchell, 1/4th EYR killed on 3rd May 1915 at Ypres, was followed by his brother 2nd Lieut, Tom Mitchell, 14th Northumberland Fusiliers, who died of wounds at Etaples, on 4th November 1918. They were the sons of Tom and Marie Mitchell, of 135 Francis Street, Hull.

Piggott

Pte, Alfred John Edward Piggott had emigrated from Hull and died fighting for Canada at Vimy Ridge on the 6th September 1916. His brother Fred Piggott was killed on the 18th September 1916 serving with Border Regiment on the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is recorded as missing on the Thiepval memorial along with another 72,000 other British and Commonwealth soldiers lost on the Somme. Their parents Alfred and Rachael Piggott, of 15 Walkers Square, Sykes Street, had lost two sons in 12 days. They are both commemorated on the Clifton Street School Roll of Honour in Hull.

Moisey

Deckhand, Harold Moisey, died at sea on 16th March 1915, aged 28. His younger brother, Pte, John Moisey, Manchester Regiment, died a few weeks later on 4th June 1915, at Gallipoli, aged just 18 years old. They were the sons of Mr Albert Henry and Mrs Louisa Ann Moisey, 28 Commerce Lane, Hessle Road, Hull.

Porter

Cpl, John Ernest Porter, 1/4th EYR lived at 5 Clifton Gardens, St Georges Road. He had been a Hull Policeman before the war and was killed in action on the 27th May 1918, aged 25. His younger brother, Robert Henry Porter had previously been killed in action on the 10th May 1916, aged 17. They were two sons of William Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Porter, who lived at 430 Hessle Road.

Myers

Sgt, Charles Edward Myers killed on the 28th October 1914 serving with the Yorkshire Regiment and his brother George William Myers, 1st EYR was killed on 23rd July 1916. They were the sons of William & Sarah E Myers, at 17 Dansom Lane, Hull.

Sims

Archbald & Fred Sims both served with the Northumberland Fusiliers. They died in France within weeks of each other in early 1917. They were the sons of Elizabeth Sims, at 2 Belle Vue Terrace, Alexandra Street, Hull.

Newell

Ernest Newell & his brother Hilyard Newell were both sailors lost at sea on different ships in 1916. They were the sons of James and Ada Newell, of 9 Camberwell Avenue, Brighton Street, Hessle Road.

George, Herbbert and William NOEL, were three brothers, lost at sea, on different ships. They were the sons of George and Cornelia Jane NOEL, 7 Flinton Street, Hessle Road.

Sleight

Pte, Ernest Sleight, 9th York and Lancaster Regiment died 9th June 1917 at Ypres, aged 21. His brother Pte, George Sleight, 10th East Yorkshires was killed on the 12th April 1918 aged 29 years. Their father Thomas was a Shopkeeper who lived at 351 Holderness Road.

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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:https://archway.archives.govt.nz/BriefDescItemSearch.do .
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).