Widows and Children
During the First World War, one in six families throughout the United Kingdom, suffered a direct bereavement. 192,000 wives lost their husbands, and nearly 400,000 children had lost their fathers. A further 500,000 children had lost one of more of their siblings. Appallingly, one in eight wives died within a year of receiving news of their husband's death.
Maud Arrand married Richard Newmarch, in June 1917 and lived at 27 Courtney Street. Pte, Richard Newmarch, 12th Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, was killed six months later on the 23rd October 1917, aged 27.
George William Eddom, Skipper, of the Steam Trawler, 'Windward Ho' sank with his ship on the 9th May 1917. His left his widow Eleanor Leigh and eight children, at 9 Penlee House Eton Street. The youngest of his children was only 3 days old. His story ane in the Hull Daily Mail in the 15/05/1917.
Laura Ann Davis married George Stephenson, in 1917. They livedat 5 Raikes Street. Pte, George Tom Stephenson, 1/4th EYR, was killed in France on the 27th May 918, aged 21.
Alice Maud Brown married on the 31st January 1916 at St Mathews Church, Anlaby Road. Her husband Pte, Stephen Johnson was killed on the 10th September 1916, serving with the East Yorkshires. His name is remembered by her on the memorial inside the church.
Fanny Weymss of 78 English Street, lost her husband and two sons within 18 months. Her son George was killed serving with the East Yorkshire Regiment on the 4th August 1916. Her second son Leonard Wemyss was killed with the Yorkshire Regiment on the 9th April 1917. To compound her misery, her husband William was lost at sea on the ‘Nimrod’, 18th December 1917. They are all commemorated on the Walker Street memorial.