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.
Albert Arksey, MM & Bar, lived at 23 Pulman Street and served for only 10 months. He enlisted in the 3rd East Yorkshires on the 1st November 1917, aged 19. He had won a Military Medal on the 28th June 1918 and had been promoted to Sergeant. He was killed by a sniper on the 6th September 1918, winning his second Military Medal.
Pte, William Brook, from Regent Street, aged 18, had served only 9 weeks at the Front before he was killed on 24th August 1915.
Pte, Reginald Gorley was killed while carrying water.
Cpl, James Jollands, of the 1/4th EYR, lived at 151 Sculcoates Lane. He had only been abroad for 10 days before he was killed on 5th May 1915.
Pte, Horace Kirman, from 46 Folkestone Street, was killed by a sniper, rescuing a wounded Officer, at Oppy Wood. He received no medal.