THE HULL BLITZ

THE G. P. O. WAR MEMORIAL




within the
Royal Mail Sorting Office
St Peter's Lane
HULL


This memorial to the War Dead that worked for the
General Post Office
used to be located inside the former main
GPO building in Alfred Gelder Street


Clicking this thumbnail opens the image in a new window
so that the names can be read more clearly.

Audrey Cawthorn's name is on the lower tablet, nearest the camera, third one down.

The tablets for both wars are reproduced below
just as they appear, in two columns in alphabetical order.


The Dead of World War One

R. R. BARKER E. YORKS E. HILTON E. YORKS
H. BARNABY E. YORKS S. HOWGILL CITY OF LONDON
F. F. BARON R. F. A. C. E. JACKSON R. G. A.
S. J. BEAN R. N. H. LOFTUS E. YORKS
W. BOOTHBY E. YORKS S. T. MAYNARD LONDON RGT
J. BROUGHALL CITY OF LONDON F. S. MONSEY CITY OF LONDON
H. CARR N. F. A. OSBOURN E. YORKS
A. W. CHARLES R. G. A. H. J. PAULSEN R. N.
C. K. CLARK LONDON RGT W. H. POUGHER R. N.
R. W. CLAYTON LONDON RGT T. PRICE R. G. A.
J. J. O. CROWTHER CITY OF LONDON C. ROBSON RIFLE BRIG
F. DAVISON E. YORKS H. SELBY E. YORKS
R. H. DAVISON R. N. H. W. SHANKS M. G. C.
L. DONELLY E. YORKS H. L. SHARP W. YORKS
A. E. CODDERHAM R. F. A. C. H. STANDLAND R. N.
G. CODDILL E. YORKS W. E. SWIFT E. YORKS
T. GRANT R. N. R. H. TASKER E. YORKS
R. W. GRAY R. G. A. S. D. USHER R. F. A.
T. H. GREEN M. G. C. H. H. WATSON LONDON RGT
A. W. HARDING R. E. R. P. WHITAKER R. G. A.
F. HARRISON E. YORKS A. E. WILES R. E.
J. E. HASNIP CITY OF LONDON E. W. WOODS E. YORKS
H. HEWITT R. E. C. W. WRAY R. G. A.


The Dead of World War Two

G. BARNES R. A. F. C.A. McCRACKEN COLDSTREAM GDS
L. W. BEAN COLDSTREAM GDS T. MARSHALL LONDON YEOMANRY
A. CAWTHORN (MISS) CIVILIAN H. S. MASON ROYAL NAVY
L. C. L. CAWTHORN R. A. F. A. G. NOBLE K. O. Y. L. I.
G. A. CROSHER ROYAL SIGNALS T. E. PERRY ROYAL NAVY
H. E. ENGLAND R. A. C. K. PRIESTMAN R. INNISKILLINGS
R. FALL R. A. F. T. B. RADCLIFFE R. E.
E. GREBBY ROYAL SIGNALS C. W. SMITH ROYAL SIGNALS
D. H. HOLDSWORTH R. A. F. H. STANDLAND R. A.
G. W. JACKSON ROYAL SIGNALS C. H. TAYLOR ROYAL SIGNALS
E. A. JENNINGS ROYAL NAVY E. TAYLOR ROYAL NAVY
S. KENDREW CIVILIAN N. M. WALKER ROYAL SIGNALS
A. KIRKWOOD R. A. H. A. WELLS WEST YORKS
C. KITCHING ROYAL SIGNALS E. WEST E. R. YEOMANRY
K. T. LARMAN R. A. F. L. WHELDALE ROYAL NAVY


key to abbreviations - some are self explanatory :



RFA . . . . . . Royal Field Artillery

RGA . . . . . . Royal Garrison Artillery

NF . . . . . . . Northumberland Fusiliers

Rifle Brig . . Rifle Brigade

MGC . . . . . . Machine Gun Corps

RE . . . . . . . Royal Engineers

KOYLI . . . . Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

RAC . . . . . . Royal Armoured Corps

R. Inniskillings . . . . Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

RA . . . . . . . Royal Artillery

ER . . . . . . . East Riding Yeomanry


Note :

The two sets of tablets were created some 25 years apart, perhaps by different stonemasons. The disparity in the use of abbreviations, what was abbreviated and what wasn't, was mostly down to the space available, hence the two forms of the word Guards in respect of the Coldstream Guards. And I had to use the word Yeomanry in full, as their abbreviation didn't look right in normal print.

Most in this list would have been well-known years ago ... every schoolboy knew what a KOYLI was, and most would like to have been a tank driver in the RAC, if not a pilot in the RAF.


As to the men, and one woman, in these lists, remember that most if not all were career postmen, sorters, office staff, drivers, engineers, postmen that did the actual delivery rounds. Few wanted to find themselves in His Majesty's Armed Forces ... but they did.

Most would have been volunteers. And by the time of the Second War, many men volunteered before their call-up papers actually arrived. They went and served, and did their duty. In that sense, they are representative of all other workers in factories and offices and a multitude of other trades who did their bit. And died doing it. We owe it to remember them.

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