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William HALL

Regimental number2494
Place of birthSpringwood New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMiss E Hall, Falconbridge, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column Section 1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Consistent good work as gunner, during whole period, showing coolness under fire and devotion to duty. (Pozieres).

FateReturned to Australia 7 January 1919

Military Medal

'Private HALL is one of the best men in the Battalion. He is invariably cheerful and is cool under fire. At BOIS GRENIER on the night when the 14th Battalion was raided his work is reported by Lieut. WEEDON to have been especially good. Although he had been relieved by the 14th Battalion Lewis Gunners, he immediately, with Private Thompson brought his gun to the front line under heavy fire. At POZIERES he was with his gun in the front line for the whole period (25th July - 3rd August). His gun was put out of action by a shell which buried and wounded all the gun team except Private THOMPSON and himself. During the second period at POZIERES he was buried by a shell and though badly shaken remained with this crew.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'During the operations on the morning of 8th August 1918, east of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX near AMIENS Lieutenant Sergeant HALL showed marked gallantry and initiative in dealing with enemy opposition. Whilst advancing, an enemy machine gun post was encountered and his platoon officer was wounded by machine gun fire. Lieutenant Sergeant HALL attacked the post with the assistance of one man, capturing 2 machine guns with their crews, thus opening the way for the safe advance of his platoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 February 1968
Place of burialSpringwood Cemetery

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