Kingston upon Hull War Memorial 1914 - 1918

The story of Hull in World War One

Died at Home

Not all the deaths were on the battlefield. The cemeteries of Hull contain hundreds of First World War casualties. Hull Northern cemetery for example, contains 114 Commonwealth War Graves, Hull Western cemetery conatins another 395. Hedon Road cemetery in East Hull includes 213, World War 1 graves. The churches in Hull and the surrounding towns and villages also contain other graves from the Great War. While most of these are local men, they also include men from other parts of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, who died in the many Hull hospitals set up during the war. Many died at home in training, or accidents, of wounds, illness and influenza. Some while boarding ships and loading cargo. Others were sailors washed ashore or repatriated prisoners who used Hull as the main port of return. Other casulaties buried in Hull do not appear in any war military records, particularly those discharged from the army during the war, or those who died after, before being demobilized.  Similarly, the numbers of Hull servicemen who committed suicide through disillusionment or temporary insanity, or through poverty and general hardship during the post war  'Depression' are another group of forgotten war casualties. They are buried in Hull and are forever linked to this City.


L/Cpl, John Arthur Settrington, 31025, 1st East Yorkshire Regiment, killed on the Somme, 26th September 1916, aged 24. He enlisted in December 1915 and was the Manager of the Boulevard Picture Palace. He was the son of John & Emily Settrington who lived at 3 Laurel Villas, Regent Street. He is commemorated at St Mathew's Church on the Boulevard, Hull.


Able Seaman, Frederick Wheal, was accidentally killed by a shell explosion in Church Street on the 1st June 1918. The shell had been wrapped up and used by his Daughter as a dolly.


William John Smart who died falling into the dry dock at Hull was listed as "drowned' on the 12th November 1915. His body was not recovered from St George's Dock, until six months later, on 30th May 1916


Gunner, John Thomas Wigglesworth, enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery, in Easter 1915. He was gassed in France, on the 23rd May 1917, and never recovered. He died at home on the 7th December 1919, aged 23,  and is buried at  Hedon Road Cemetery. He was the son of Alfred Wigglesworth who lived at 18 Rustenburg Street. He left a widow and two children at 310 Holderness Road. His Brother in Law, Sapper, Walter Binge, was killed in action on the 23rd May 1916, also aged 23.


Private, Willam Lee, cut his throat in Billet on Beverley Road on the 19/10/15. He was a Hull man aged 36. He served as 23186, in 3rd Battalion of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. His wife lived at 53 Luke Street, Liverpool. (Hull Daily Mail 20/10/15)

Robert Hume, a discharged soldier from Hull, cut his throat at the Royal Bathing Spa, Scarborough, aged 53. (HDM 25/6/17)

2/Lt., Henry Croom Jackman, cut his throat at Shoreham in Kent. He died on the 28/11/15, aged 20. (HDM 2/12/15)

2/Lt., Theordore Hamilton Beit, 1st King's Dragoon Guards, found dead by a sporting rifle, in his room on 26/1/17. A string was attached to the trigger, the other end to the deceased man's boot. He was 18 years old and the son of Baron Otto Beit and Lady Beit, 49 Belgrave Square, London. (HDM 3/2/17)

Lieutenant, Arthur Franklin, found dead lying in a pool of blood in the waiting room at Worthing Station. He had a single bullet wound to the head. (HDM 19/12/19)


Pte, George Frederick Williamson, of 31 St Andrews Street, had been one the first to join the 10th East Yorkshire Pals Battalion. He died of mushroom poisoning, while on leave on 26th November 1916. He was 21 years old and is buried in Hull Western Cemetery. He left his mother Emma who lived at 1 Leslie Avenue, Subway Street.


Private, Thomas E Copson, of the Machine Gun Corps, had been a former prisoner of war. He committed suicide on the 11/2/19, aged 33. 

Lieutenant, Arthur Franklin, was found dead in a pool of blood, in the waiting room at Worthing Railway station. He had a bullet wound to the head. (Hull Daily Mail 19/12/19)

Private, Thomas Alfred Lloyd, RAMC, depressed with influenza, cut his throat, on the 24/2/19.

While their stories were reported in the Hull Daily Mail, their deaths were unrecorded by the military.





Pte, Charles Henry Wilson, who had been discharged from the East Yorkshire Regiment in 1916, died of heart failure at home on the 19th May 1915.