Families that lost three sons
James & Mary Ann Grayburn, of 7 Talbot Terrace, Toogoode Street, Hull had eight children. They lost their sons; George, killed with the Border Regiment on 16/9/16, aged 30; John, killed with the 13th EYR on 20/7/17, aged 27, and William killed with the 10th EYR on 26/9/18, aged 23.
John and Sarah Galloway of 46 Cleveland Street, lost the following three sons. Private, George David Galloway, 7th EYR, who died of wounds on 7th July 1916, aged 30 and is buried at Hedon Road Cemetery; Private, Thomas Galloway, 1st EYR, killed on the Somme, on 16th September 1916, aged 24; and Gunner, Evans Galloway, RFA, who died of wounds, in Belgium on 15th November 1917, aged 27.
Thomas and Sarah Dimmack, of Strickland Street, Hull, lost three of their six children in the war. Pte, Thomas William Dimmack, East Surreys, killed 7/8/16, aged 33; L/Cpl, Thomas Dimmack, 1st EYR, killed 21/4/18, aged 36, and Pte, Joseph Dimmack, 12th EYR, died 19/10/18, aged 22.
Robert and Emma Sergeant lost the following three sons: Pte, Robert Sergeant, 12th EYR, killed 13/11/16, age 27; Driver, Edwin Sergeant, RFA, killed 23/3/18, age 34; and Pte, Herbert Sergeant, Yorkshire Regiment killed 9/4/18, aged 18.
John Edward Lilley and Mary Ann Lilley, of 7 Holderness Villas, Rhodes Street, Hawthorne Avenue lost their three sons: Pte, Sydney Lilley, 13th EYR, killed on 13/11/16, aged 20; Pte, Fred Lilley, MGC, killed 10/10/17, aged 29; and Pte, George Lilley, 10the EYR, killed 15/8/18, aged 23.
The three Diglin brothers (photo below) were George Diglin, East Yorks Regt, service no 13/505, killed 13/11/1916, Walter Diglin, York and Lancaster Regiment Service no 203159, killed 24/0/1917 and William Diglin, East Yorkshire Regiment 7th Battalion, Service No. 3/33418, killed 25/04/1917. A 4th brother who served - Ernest Diglin, Kings Royal Rifle Corps 6th Battalion Service No Y624 was disharged from the service because of wounds he received in action. He was discharged 23/10/1916 and awarded the Silver War Badge. They were the sons of William and Elizabeth Diglin, 10 High Street, Hull.
Anthony and Catherine Walsh, from Gordon Street, Hull, lost three sons, from their family of ten children. Their eldest son Anthony had served in the military for10 years before re-enlisting at the outbreak of war. He was discharged from the army with mania and committed to Beverley Asylum, where he died in May 1916. Their other son Thomas was killed, aged 36, on the 1st July 1916, serving with the York and Lancs regiment. Their third son Joseph Walsh, 13th EYR, was wounded and captured at Serre, on 13th November 1916. He died of wounds in Gemany, on the 2nd January 1917, aged 31.
Kate and John Hedges, of 16 Goodrick Terrace, Cave Street, lost their three sons. Noel Victor Hedges died of wounds recieved on the Somme, on 8th July 1916, aged 19. their eldest son Mark Ellis Hedges, died at Ypres on 26th September, 1917, aged 27. Their other son Frank Arthur Hedges, died on the Menin Road, after only one month at the front, on 31st January 1918, aged 26.
ARTHUR SEPTIMUS & HARRIET PERRY of 81 Hessle Road lost: STOKER, ARTHUR WILLIAM PERRY, RN - 26/12/1918, AGED 21. PTE, JOHN THOMAS PERRY, 6TH EYR - 6/09/1916, AGED 24. PTE, HAROLD JAMES PERRY, 19TH MIDDLESEX, - 7/10/1918, AGED 19. PTE, JOHN WILLIAM O'NEIL, EYR - 3/05/1917, AGED 20, WAS COUSIN OF THE ABOVE. THEIR NAMES ARE RECORDED ON THE WALKER STREET MEMORIAL AND THE FAMILY GRAVE AT HULL WESTERN CEMETERY.
John and Sophia Lane, of 3 Morrills Buildings, Villa Place, Hessle Road, lost their sons Norman Lane, in 1917 aged 21, James Lane, in 1918, aged 19, and Harold Lane, in 1919, aged 25 years old.
Brothers Fred, Frank and Samuel Laughton were all killed in the war. They were the three sons of Joseph and Clara Laughton at 46 Francis Street, Hull
George and Mary Richardson, at 10 Mary Ann Terrace, Sculcoates Lane have three sons commemorated at St Mary's Church, Sculcoates Lane. George Richardson was killed on the 30th June 1915 serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers. Arthur Richardson, RFA, was killed on 6th July 1917 in Belgium. Elijah Richardson, 10th East Yorkshires, died on the 28th June 1918 in France.
Arthur and Elizabeth Lloyd of 11 Storey Buildings, Spring Street, lost their three sons due to the war. Their eldest son Arthur LLoyd, was a Sergeant with the 2nd East Yorkshires, and died in Greece on 26th March 1917. Less than a month later their youngest son George, a Company Sergeant Major, with the 1/4th East Yorkshires, was killed at Arras, on the 23rd April 1917. Their third son Charles died in Bagdad after the war, aged 35.
Private, William Arthur Rusholme, 7th East Yorkshires, 'B' Company, killed at Arras, on the 14th May 1917, aged 31.
Private, John Henry Rusholme, 1st East Yorkshires, 'A' Company, killed on the 24th April 1918, aged 21.
Private, Benjamin Rusholme, enlisted on the 13th January 1917, with the Sherwood Foresters, and killed on the 4th November 1918, aged 18.
These were the three sons of Arthur and Alice Rusholme who lived at 57 Norwood Street.
Horatio and Mary Marshall of 10 Portland Street, lost three sons in the war. Fred Marshall (25/1/1915), James Marshall (28/2/1918) and Horatio Marshall (27/5/1918).
George William McKee & his wife Sarah Harriet White, of 1 Calidare Avenue, Brighton Street, lost the following three sons.
Acting Bomb, George William McKee, 755515, RFA, 'A' Bty, 251st Division, 28/5/17, Etaples, aged 39;
L/Cpl, John Edward Mckee, 12000. 7th Norfolk Regiment, 'B' Coy, 3/10/15, Loos, aged 27; and
Pte, Thomas Henry Mckee, 39444, 9th Essex Regiment, 2/2/18, Lys,
William and Caroline Ryan, from 7 Albert's Terrace, Terry Street, lost 3 sons They are commemorated on the Terry Street and Nornabell Street memorials.
Private, William Ryan, was killed on the 27th October 1914, fighting with the East Yorkshires. He was 28 years old.
On the 23rd April 1917, Private, Joseph Ryan, was killed with the East Yorkshire Regiment, in France. He was aged 25.
Their third and youngest son was Ordinary Seaman, John Ryan, who was lost at sea, on the 9th October 1917, aged 22. John had left the army to join the Royal Navy on the 24th April, 1915. It was reported that he stayed with his guns as the ship went down. All three brothers are also remembered at St Charles Church, Jarratt Street, Hull.
Emma & Walter Maynard – 42 Edgecumbe Street, Newland Avenue, lost their three sons within 18 months. These were:-
Pte. Joseph Maynard, aged 22, South Staffs, killed 28th April 1917; L/Cpl. Sidney Maynard, aged 31, Post Office Rifles, killed 20th September 1917 and,
Company Sergeant Major, Stanley Maynard, DCM & MM, aged 22, 1st Border Regiment, killed on the 15th October 1918. They were also commemorated on the Blayde Street memorial.
Pte. Christopher Bell Tindall, 8th EYR was killed on 14th July 1916; Pte. Robert Tindall, 6th EYR was killed 21st August 1917 and L/Cpl. Walter Henry Tindall, 9th Yorkshire Regiment, was killed a month later on 20th September 1917. They were the three sons of William and Henrietta Tindall, 30 Bishop Lane, Hull. They have no known grave.
John & Hannah Mercer, at 36 Shaw Street lost four sons. They were:-
L/Cpl, John Mercer, 1st EYR was killed at Ypres on 9th August 1915, aged 20.
L/Cpl, Alfred Shaw Mercer, 1st West Yorkshire Regiment was killed on the 27th May 1916, aged 25.
Pte, George Mercer, 1/5th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers was killed on the 10th April 1918 aged 18.
Pte, James Mercer, 10th EYR, died of wounds 11th September 1918, aged 29.
James and Mary Toalster, from 7 Hamden Terrace, Lockwood Street, lost sons Edward, John and Thomas Toalster in the war. They are commemorated on the New George Street memorial.
Samuel and Charlotte Pearson lost three sons. Private, Sam Pearson, died with the 1st East Yorkshires, on 16/6/17. He was 33 years old and left a widow at 44 Great Union Street, Hull. His Brother John died serving the Canadian Engineers and is buried at Halifax, Nova Scotia. L/Cpl Charles Pearson, of the Dragoon Guards, their eldest child was killed on the 30/8/17. He lived with his wife Alice at 8 Fountain Place, Fountain Road.
Victor Walker was killed serving with the Gloucestshire Regiment at Poziers, on the 4th April 1918. His brother Harold died of wounds two months later at Etaples on the 19th June 1918. They were both aged 24 years old. Their third brother, John Cyril Walker was killed at Cambrai in 1918 aged 19. These were the three sons of Ellen and John Edward Walker who lived at 343 Anlaby Road. Their names are commemorated in St Mathews Church, Boulevard and at Hymers College.