Over, 7,000 Hull men died in the First World War. Nearly 1,200 of these were sailors working with the fishing fleet, or serving with the Merchantile Marine and the Royal Navy.
There were nearly another 1,500 men who were born in Hull, but who lived elsewhere. They include many who enlisted in Hull or were associated with the City, but are not usually remembered on Hull war memorials. The Kingston Upon Hull Memorial aims to remember all those with a Hull connection who died in the First World War.
There are over a hundred families on the Hull Memorial that lost two or more of their family. Sometimes fathers, sons and brothers were lost on the same day. At least one in six Hull families lost a direct relative. Many others would lose close friends, work colleagues or others known to them. Each death was irreplaceable and an individual tragedy for someone.
Unfortunately, not all deaths were recorded in official casualty figures, particularly if soldiers died of sickness, accidents or were discharged home with wounds. By 1924 the Ministry of Pensions reported that there were 20,000 war wounded living in Hull. Although they survived the war, they are rarely recorded on war memorials. What follows here are snippets of some of those people who died.
Harold Statham enlisted with his brother William in November 1914. His three brothers Robert, Edward and Leonard had already signed up. Harold was underage when he joined the East Yorkshire Regiment and he died in France on the 26th October 1915, aged 17 years old. His parents Thomas Statham and Jane Pinder lived at 4 Ferndale Avenue, Edgecumbe Street.
Herbert Twell had enlisted under age and died at Ypres on 15th February 1915, aged only 16 years old. His younger brother Jack Twell, joined the Durham Light Infantry and was to die of wounds in Hull in 1918, aged just 18. These teenage brothers were the sons of Jane and John Twell at 2 De La Pole Avenue, Hull.
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.
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.
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.