Reckitt’s is a Hull based company, formed in 1842, internationally renowned for its health and cleaning products. By the time of the Great War it had already pioneered a number of scientific breakthroughs to create revolutionary cleaning products, such as Robins Starch (1899), the UK’s first liquid metal polish Brasso (1905), and the silver polish, … Read more
The City of Hull Great War Trust 09/10/2017 by Webmaster After the Great War, a national debate was ignited concerning, how disabled servicemen from the Great War would support themselves and their families, if they could not return to their former trade because of their disabilities. Hull had lost over 7,000 men in the war with another … Read more
John Richard Millett, was lost on the Trawler “Othello” in October 1915. His brother, Alfred Ernest Millett, served with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, and was killed in action, on 28/07/1918, aged 34. Both were born in Hull.
Arthur and Stanley Blagg, from Hessle Hull, enlisted as teenagers in the Hull Pals. Arthur was killed with the 12th East Yorkshire regiment, at Oppy Wood, on 3rd May 1917, aged 21. His brother Stanley, was killed the following year in August 1918, aged 19.
In Hull, income tax increased as did the number of people paying it. Whilst wages improved, many goods were more expensive and became un-affordable. Income tax increased five times between 1914-1918 and was paid by twice as many people. It would never fall to pre-war levels again. During the war, prices increased on all the basics: rent, fuel … Read more
At the time of the First World war, almost all Housing in Britain was privately built. Home Ownership was for the privileged few and over 90% of people rented their homes privately. In Hull 98% of people rented their home. Newspaper advertisements, reveal that a “desirable” home in the Avenues of Hull could be brought … Read more
Brothers, John and Benjamin Bowden, 1/4th East Yorkshire Regiment died in the same attack at St Julian, on 24/04/1915. They lived at 3 Berkshire Street, Hull
The 4th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment (T.F.) was raised in 1858 and was known for many years as the “Hull Rifles” and later as the “Fighting Fourth” After having various titles, as the volunteer system of the home defence developed, it became the Territorial Force in 1908, based at Londesborough Barracks, Hull. Under this … Read more
The Great War 1914- 18 The “Great War”, (or the First World War as it would be later known), was one of the most destructive wars in world history. It was a war like no other, where the British, French, Russian, German, Austria Hungarian and Ottoman Empires merged into two opposing forces. Centred in Europe, the Great … Read more
The Beginning of the War for Britain Britain in 1914 Britain at the start of World War One, was a much different place than today. Britain in 1914 ruled the largest empire in history, through industrial might, commercial prowess and maritime supremacy. Britain through its colonies, dominions, protectorates and mandates, controlled about a quarter of … Read more