Hull's Fading Memory

World War Two resulted in the destruction of many of Hull's memorials to the soldiers of The Great War, World War One. While most of us think of a memorial as a substantial record, in stone, wood or metal, in truth; many were nothing more than a sheet of paper in the window of a private house. Such paper rolls were not just created at the whim of the householder, most were carefully administered by the street's memorial committee.

Printing was not cheap

While almost everyone today has access to a computer and printer, this has only been true since the latter decades of the 20th century. The further back we travel, the more expensive printing became until, pre-1960, a single sheet of professionally printed foolscap might cost more than the weekly income of a working class family.

Following the destruction of the city that raining from the sky during World War Two, the City's Planners continued the wholesale devastation of our historic old-town, and following this with the necessary slum-clearance programme of the 1960s and 1970s.

The mind set of the population was different back then. No one is really to blame that our heritage was destroyed. No one really cared. Now, we want to remember; then, they only wanted to forget so, consequently, irreplaceable street memorials were destroyed in their hundreds.


If you know of the location of any memorials not listed on this page, please let us know. Better still, if you can, please send us a photograph and/or a transcription of the memorial and details of its location.

Do you have a photograph of any of Hull's Street Memorials? Most of these have been lost to time and yours may be the only remaining record. PLEASE, send in your pictures - just in case. We would rather have 1001 duplicate copies of a memorial than miss just one that we have not seen. Many of those in our list of Hull Memorials (right) are missing too. PLEASE send them in so that the record can be preserved for future generations.

Please do not send us original photographs or documents by post. We would much rather have a copy as letters often seem to disappear without trace, on route to their destination. If you wish to preserve an original in our archives, it is always better to deliver it to us in person.