Hull Corporation 1914-1918 Memorial

Name Department Rank Regiment Death Age
Haldenby, Albert Tramways Pte. Coldstream Guards 28/09/1914 26
Kay, Herbert James Tramways L/Cpl Northumberland Fusiliers, 1st 20/10/1914 21
Cox, James Health Dept Pte. Coldstream Guards 1st 23/10/1914 32
Campey, Tom Tramways Pte. King’s Royal Rifle Corps 21/04/1915 32
Smith, Richard William Tramway Electrical Gunner RFA 2nd Northumbrian 15/05/1915 19
Warvill, Alfred Engineers Gunner RGA 01/07/1915 26
Worsnop, Edgar Education Lieut. West Yorks. Reg. 9th 07/08/1915 26
Hepton, Richard Henry Health Dept Gunner RFA 2nd Northumbrian 04/03/1916 22
Daddy, John William Telephones Cpl. 13th EYR 13/11/1916 31
Elston, James Herbert Engineers Sgt 13th EYR 13/11/1916 27
Groves, William Treasurer’s Dept Pte. East Riding Yeomanry 1st 15/04/1917 22
Garniss, Harry Tramway Electrical Pte. 1/4th EYR 23/04/1917 24
Davie , Frank (MM) Accounts Lieut. 11th EYR 02/06/1917 27
Henning, Cecil Victor Accounts Cpl. King’s Royal Rifle Corps 05/07/1917 30
Ryan, John Tramway Electrical Stoker Royal Naval Reserve 09/10/1917 22
Larard, Howard Martin Weights & Measures Pte. KOYLI, 9th 10/10/1917 39
Bright, Frederick Accounts C.S.M Durham Light Infantry, 27th 04/03/1918 48
Groves, Ernest Treasurer’s Dept Lieut. 7th EYR 31/03/1918 21
Lockyear, Horace Accounts Lieut. 6th Lincolnshire 20/05/1918 21
Harrison, Amaziah Town Clerks Sgt Ox & Bucks Reg 20/06/1918 48
Howard, William Henry Tramways Sapper East Riding Engineers 17/08/1918 32
Johnson, John Wilfred Tramways Pte. 3rd EYR 17/10/1918 33
Donkin, William Health Driver RFA 153rd Bde. 06/11/1918 23
Maplethorpe, Harry Tramway Electrical Pte. MGC, 57th 27/11/1918 27
Temple, Alfred Engineers Gunner RGA 16/05/1919 47
French, James Arthur Engineers Sgt Coldstream Guards, 1st 15/08/1920 33
Burton, George Tramways Pte. East Riding RGA 01/09/1922 49

In August 1914, 178 Hull Corporation or Council staff enlisted in the Great War. Many were former soldiers, reservists or members of the Territorial forces. All were Volunteers. One was a widower, 92 of the 178 men were married and had dependent wives and children. There were also many single men, who supported their family, in various ways and in one case, lived at home with two blind parents.

To encourage enlistment, the Council offered to make up the wages of staff who enlisted and paid 2 shillings a week for every dependent child.

The above 26 men were the first Council Staff to enlist and die in the war. There is no Official Memorial or Plaque to them, at the Hull Guildhall, (as there are for Hull Teachers, and Council Staff killed in the Spanish Civil War). However, their stories can be found in the Council War Minutes and Archives at the Hull History Centre. You can also search each name on this website for more information, on what they did and where they lived, etc.

Many more Council Staff enlisted during the course of the war, particularly when compulsory conscription was introduced in 1916. Therefore the list above will be updated, over time.

Not included above are the 27 Hull Teachers, from the HGuull Education Department, killed in the 1914-18 war. Their stories are told here

Rifleman, Tom Campey, KRRC
Corporal, John William Daddy, East Yorkshire Regiment
Date of death: 13/11/1916 (aged 31)
Driver, William Donkin, RFA
Sgt, James Herbert Elston, 13th EYR
Sergeant, James Arthur French, Coldstream Guards
Private, Albert Haldenby, Coldstream Guards
Date of death: 28/09/1914 (aged 25)
Gunner, Richard Henry Hepton, RFA
2nd, Lieut, Horace Lockyear, 6th Lincolns
Pte, Harry Maplethorpe, MGC
Able Seaman, John Ryan, RN HMS ‘CHAMPAGNE’
Gunner, Richard William Smith, Royal Field Artillery.

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