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.
Arthur Mowforth from 40 Louis Street died of wounds in Greece in 1917, aged 21.
Pte, Francis Knaggs, 1st EYR was killed on the 20th September 1914. He died on the same day with seven other Hull men from the 1st East Yorkshires, halting the German advance at the Marne. Casualties continued. Pte, Charles Hodges, 1st EYR, from 8 Buckingham Street was killed on the 18th October 1914, aged 21.
Gunner, Frank William Owens, had just returned to Flanders after 10 days leave when he was killed on 31st July 1917. He had worked for his Father’s Grocery business at 43 Brunswick Avenue and he is commemorated on the Hull Grammar School Roll of Honour.
Driver, Gerald Pitts Parker was killed while feeding his horse. He was born in Hull in 1891 and before the war had worked at Reckitts. He left a widow Minnie and two children at 101 Rosmead Street.
George Richard Pickering, 18 Massey Street, died of wounds in Ireland, aged 17.
Lieutenant, Edward M. Thompson, 5th Yorkshire Regiment, killed 22/2/16, aged 28. Son of Frederick & Adeline Thompson at 113 Stepney Lane.