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
On November 13th 1916, 100 years ago today, the Hull Pals were sent over the top to attack German positions around the ruins of the French village of Serre at Beaumont Hamel. It was one of the last attacks of the fateful Somme campaign, and while history has rightly remembered the 1st July as being … Read more
Here are 10 facts that tell the story of World War One at sea. Although primarily a land-war, there were significant skirmishes at sea. 1. The Battle of Heligoland Bight (August 1914) was the first naval battle of WW1 The British fleet ambushed and sunk three German light cruisers and one destroyer. 2. In 1914 SM U-9 (a German … Read more