Hull was the most severely damaged British city or town during the Second World War, with 95 percent of houses damaged. It was under air raid alert for 1,000 hours. Hull was the target of the first daylight raid of the war and the last piloted air raid on Britain.

 Of a population of approximately 320,000 at the beginning of the war, approximately 152,000 were made homeless as a result of bomb destruction or damage. Overall almost 1,200 people were killed and 3,000 injured by air raids.

This statement can be corroborated by reading this academic and confirmed research document hosted by the University of Hull  and also by this BBC article.lp

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Last Updated: Friday, 2 February 2007, 12:41 GMT

Listed status for bombed cinema

The building was destroyed during a raid on Hull docks in March 1941

A cinema which was reduced to a pile of ruins during the Blitz has been given listed heritage status.

The National Picture Theatre in Hull took a direct hit during a raid on the nearby docks in March 1941.

It is believed to be the last surviving example of a civilian building damaged in the Blitz.

The site has been awarded listed status by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport after a campaign by the National Civilian WWII Memorial Trust.

Tom Robinson, chairman of the Hull-based trust, said: "The cinema is a tangible reminder of a tumultuous time, both for the city and nation.

"We'd like to see the ruins consolidated to stop them crumbling away and a garden created where the auditorium stood.

"That would be a fitting memorial to the spirit and fortitude of ordinary people across the nation who also served during those dark days."

Most-bombed city

Everything was destroyed during the raid except the theatre's facade, which has remained boarded up.

There was no money to pull the ruins down and surrounding streets were designated a conservation area.

Maddy Jago, planning and development regional director for English Heritage, said: "We are delighted that the importance of this site has been officially recognised.

"Together with London, Hull was the most heavily bombed city in the UK, with 95% of its houses damaged.

"It endured the first daylight raid of the war and the last piloted air raid.

"The fact that the newly-listed building is a cinema gives it added resonance, in view of the part played by picture houses in the war effort and in popular culture of the time."





Opening shot.

Hull and its immediate environs was in WW2 and probably still is today, an environment of heavy drinking with many alcoholics not to mention associated deaths. This appears to transcend many other areas who would willingly claim that ‘honour’ for themselves, but research would disprove their claims!  In case you are wondering, I have no affection for nor ties or knowledge of Hull - it's just a good bit of research!


HMS Beaver, a shore station not listed in Wikipedia,  whereas for other HMS’s whether ships or shore establishments are listed!


HMS Beaver was the Establishment which looked after the vulnerable Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Ports of Hull and Grimsby with a large staff including several retired captains RN and a retired admiral, Admiral Sir Walter Cowan KCB DSO MVO. HMS Beave II was established  at the large Lincolnshire port of Immingham, and from it RNO’s [Resident Naval Officers] all commanders, were assigned to the ports of Bridlington, Boston, Mablethorpe and Kings Lynn. Although not sea going itself it had lots of small vessels attached to it which were occasionally sea-going.


Given that the people living around the docks in the City liked [over much so we are told] their glass of beer, Beaver seems to have the strangest accidental death records of all naval units in the early years of  WW2 and some of this I suspect started in those busy bars in dock land?


 Men stationed in HMS Beaver would have drawn their tots as normal, and there must have been public houses quite nearby to the Ports and their barracks within walking distance.  WW2 blackouts would have been rigourously applied and monitored [shades of the sitcom Dad’s Army] so no torches to guide the inebriated sailor back to his bunk!

Hull and Grimsby particularly were heavily bombed [see BBC and Hull University’s comments above] and the locals used to say they dropped a hell of a lot [bombs] coming In, and dropped a hell of a lot before  going home to Germany.

I am showing you the death lists for 1940 and 1941 only. See WW2 HMS BEAVER.pdf

The first unnatural death was that of Hoppers who died after falling down steps and fracturing his skull.

Then two men fell into a Hull dock during the blackout and died

Then COLE fell into a Hull dock at night and died

BANKS was trapped by a Boom Cable and was accidentally forced overboard to his death.

Next a death by falling into a Grimsby dock on way back to his ship in a blackout. This man was a “skipper” RNR which indicated that in civilian life he was a professional captain of a small vessel like a large tug or a fishing trawler. The navy employed many of these men of the sea [in RN-speak “skippers”] jobs, employing them often in their own previous vessel now requisitioned as an R.N.,  minesweeper.

Followed by two deaths in H.M. Tug [HMT] “Sea Mist” at sea, one an RNR and the other an HO rating.

Then 10 more drownings in 1941 one lost overboard from H.M. Tug “Tartan”  - plus one poisoning from the inhalation of fumes from smouldering material -  plus one death from colliding with a railway engine whilst cycling - and one suicide in H.M. Tug “Northern Lights” resulting in haemorrhaging infarction of the brain - suicide  by {a word I cannot decipher ?} wound while [sic] mental temp [meaning mentally temporarily] upset and disturbed.

I can't find any other naval unit [whatever] which had such an inglorious 1940/41 and with so many drowning's.

Mind how you go and watch out for docks - dry, floating or water-bound!