Miscellaneous Deaths

Not all deaths were a result of active service. The Hull Daily Mail reported a number of miscellaneous local deaths over the course of the war. These include;-

Private, William Holtby Habbershaw, 11th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who died choking on his false teeth (HDM 07/11/1915).

Private, Arthur Herbert Smith, 5th East Yorkshire Cyclists, drowned on his 24th Birthday, while swimming at Withernsea, on the 17/08/1915.

Private, John William Milner, of the 3rd East Yorkshire Regiment, died in mysterious circumstances on the 5/12/1914. He had fallen from a balcony and impaled himself on the railings beneath. The Coroner recorded an ‘Open Verdict’. He was 38 years old and buried in Hull Western Cemetery. His wife Hannah Maria Milner who he had married in 1899, lived at 5 Ash Grove, Brighton Street, Hull.

Private, Albert Williamson, Northumberland Fusiliers, died falling from the Hull to York train, near Cottingham, on the 23rd November 1916. He is buried in Hull Northern Cemetery. He left a widow Charlotte Williamson, at 3 Percy Cottages, Mayfield Street, Hull.

Private, George Frederick Williamson, died on leave, from mushroom poisoning, on the 26th November 1916. He was aged 20 and is buried at Hull Western Cemetery.


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